October 2019 Edition


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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price  October 2019



508 495 394 570 458 571 444
402   275       337
520   420        
503 491 367 531 463 368 513
402   257       319

Legend: Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
             All prices in US$/ton. More on our methodology.

BURKINA FASO: The fertilizer market was slow, due to the rainy season that has entered its final phase. At this time, fertilizer requirements are low because most of the plants have reached maturity, indicating the beginning of the first harvests.  Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE:The fertilizer market is slow in the North due to the end of the wet season, the beginning of the first harvests, and preparation for the dry season. Exchanges are continuing but remain a little slow, compared to last month. The rains have decreased and are limiting the use of fertilizer on cocoa trees, but some retailers think that purchases should resume with the cocoa marketing campaign which will be active in November.   Read more 

GHANA: The 2019, Planting for Food and Jobs programme has so far distributed about 295,000 MT of fertilizer products to farmers across the country. The participation companies are making efforts to distribute the rest of the quantities to the southern sector to take advantage of the minor season before the deadline on the 30th of November. Read more

MALI: The fertilizer market has remained calm as the minor season is coming to an end, and first harvests have begun in some parts of the country. This crop year was moderately active, compared to the same period in the last two years, due to the late start of subsidized fertilizer distribution. The distribution of subsidized fertilizers for this agricultural season is almost complete, leading farmers to source their supplies directly from local suppliers and retailers. Read more

NIGER:In general, there has been a decrease in fertilizer prices (Urea and NPK 15 15 15) throughout Niger despite the start of preparatory activities for the dry season. This is due to the drop in demand resulting from the cessation of activities during the 2019 minor season.  Read more

NIGERIA: Farmers were optimistic of a better farming season next year, due to the closure of the Nigerian boarders, which would create market for the farmers and prevent the stiff competition posed by imported food commodities. Read more

SENEGAL: The fertilizer market is characterized by two trends. In rainfed crop areas, such as the Groundnut Basin and Casamance, the market has declined in intensity as crop harvesting has begun. Demand and supply have declined sharply at the store level. In the River Valley, where off-season crops are grown, and the Niayes Band, sales remained good. Demand and supply are quite important. Read more


  597     557   647  
  611     611   701  
  487   681 544   580 517

Legend: Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
             All prices in USD$/ton

KENYA: Heavy rains are ongoing in most parts of the country. Farmers are rushing to harvest maize in western regions while in other areas maize has not matured yet. Fertilizer demand is currently low, hence low prices. Currently, farmers who are growing vegetables (mostly for subsistence use) are those who are demanding the fertilizers.Read more

MALAWI: Fertilizer sales have been affected due to economic crisis that affected the country, due to political wrangles over May 2019 Tripartite elections.  Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: FAO launched a tender for a fertilizer voucher program. The vouchers will allow farmers to purchase fertilizer and other agro-inputs at subsidized prices. Regarding fertilizer dynamics, the sales volume is increasing in NPK and has remained the same overtime in Urea, and the prices also remained the same from last month. Read more



      Average Urea Price per Country in October 2019


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Disclaimer: This section is published as an output of, in partnership with the Africa South of the Sahara Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI. All opinion(s) stated herein are those of and are not necessarily representative of or endorsed by the Food Security Portal or IFPRI.  Click here for more information on sources and methodology used.




International Fertilizer Prices through September 2019


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 264 263 254 250
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 288 288 269 259
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 116 116 116 114
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 362 340 315 304
MAP (Morocco) 351 341 340 340
TSP (Tunisia) 314 312 313 313
MOP (Israel) 286 283 279 286
SOP (€, North West Europe)     475 453 450 454
NPK 15 15 15 ( (Baltic/Black Sea)     275 275 271 259

Source: Argus Media

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NIGERIA : (October 16, 2019) 
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria signs Fertilizer Quality Control Bill into Law. The law protects farmers’ interest and addresses the issue of nutrient deficiency in the composition of fertilizer, branding and weight loss among others. Read more

NIGERIA : (October 16, 2019) - New Fertilizer Quality Control Law prescribes stiff sanctions against Fertilizer Adulterators in Nigeria.  The bill provides a fine of up to N10million for anyone producing or blending fertilizer that is deficient in required nutrients. Read more

COTE D'IVOIRE : (October 21, 2019) - AFFM, through a study, has identified credit guarantees as a financial instrument which can contribute to boosting access to fertilizers in Africa. Read more

COTE D'IVOIRE : (October 1, 2019) - ECOWAS and WAFA Sign MoU. The agreement recognizes WAFA as the voice of the fertilizer industry in discussions with ECOWAS and as a partner in developing the fertilizer market in West Africa. Read more

GHANA : (October 28, 2019)- Fertilizer Canada and Tractors for Africa signed an MoU to implement the 4R Solution Fertilizer Supply Project with the objective of increasing productivity and income for smallholders in Ghana. Read more

ANGOLA:  (October 28, 2019)-Russia’s fertilizer manufacturer Uralchem signs MOU with Angolan Grupo Opaia SA. Under this agreement, the Russian side will build a urea production plant with an annual capacity of 1.2 million tons in the African country. The facility is expected to start production in 2023. Read more


Up-Coming Events

Inclusive Agribusiness: Linking Farmers to Consumers
Date: 25 November - 29 November 2019
Venue : Nairobi, Kenya
Forum Organized by IFDC

This event will employ various teaching styles to ensure participants get the most out of the training. There will be plenary sessions, interactive work sessions on case studies, group discussions, exchange on learning and experiences, and a field visit. Read more Register   

Ghana National Farmers Day
Date: 2 December - 6 December 2019
Venue : Ho-Volta Region, Ghana
Forum Organized by MoFA and MoFAD

The 35th Ghana National Farmers Day celebration and agricultural fair will take place in Ho, the Volta region of Ghana. the theme for this years celebration is "Enhancing small scale agriculture towards agrbusiness development".Read more | Register   

Argus Africa Fertilizer Conference
Date: 19 February - 21 February 2020
Venue :
Cape Town, South Africa
Forum Organized by Argus

The 11th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer conference will take place from 19 - 21 February 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference brings together 400+ attendees representing 150 companies from across the fertilizer supply chain.
As the leading and biggest fertilizer conference in the region, this is the only place to find all the regional contacts and market insight you need to build your presence in the dynamic and growing fertilizer market in Africa.  Read more Register   

New Ag International Conference and Exhibition
Date: 6 April - 8 April 2020
Venue : Marrakech, Morocco
Conference Organized by New Ag 

The 18th New Ag International conference programme of international speakers will cover the following topics:
Speciality Plant Nutrition – water soluble and fertigation, foliar spray and micronutrients – new formulations and technologies Biostimulants and Biofertilizers – new technologies and commercial products...Read more 



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