Ghana

Country Overview

Fertilizer Market

Fertilizer Prices

Market Comments

JUNE 2018

Market comments 

There is a challenge with the 2018 Planting for Food and Jobs programme. Farmers are to buy seeds before they can access fertilizer but currently majority of farmers in the three northern regions are not willing to buy the seeds as part of the package and it has made it difficult for dealers to sell fertilizer stocked under the programme. In some instances too, the seeds are not available although the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is in contact with some neighboring countries to get some seeds as soon as possible before the season is over.
There have been good sales in June across the country especially for agro dealers in the southern parts of the country.


Sales trend (comparisons from May to June) 

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Tamale NPK 23 10 5

NPK 20 10 10

Urea

Fumso Ammonium Sulphate

 Ho NPK 15 15 15

Urea

 Mankessim NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Navrongo NPK 15 15 15

NPK 23 10 5

 Ammonium Sulphate

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18 Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18 Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18
Fumso com 110 110 110
sub 68 68 68
Gwollu com 110 110 110 115 115 115
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 68 63 63
Kade com 110 110
sub 68 68
Kpando com 112 112 112 80 80 80
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Mankessim com 130 130 130 130 130 130 120 120 120
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63
Navrongo com 120 120 120 120 120 120 80 80 80
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63
Tamale com 100 110 110 110 110 100 90 75 75
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63

MAY 2018

Market comments 

Adequate fertilizer products are available in the shops, yet farmers especially those in the south could still not take advantage of the launch of 2018 Planting for Food and Jobs programme. Observations are that, coupons through which farmers can buy fertilizers are not available at the district department of agriculture. Prices have been seemly stable at the time of compiling this report and most farmers are buying fertilizer at the commercial market price. Although the Planting for Food and Jobs programme for 2018 farming season was launched a month ago, it had some implementation challenges. Farmers are to buy seeds before they can access fertilizers and in some instances the seeds are not available. Also, some agro-dealers were not aware that they will play a role in this year’s programme. However, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is working hard to resolve issues so that farmers can get the required fertilizers in due time.


Sales trend (comparisons from April to May) 

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Tamale NPK 23 10 5

NPK 20 10 10

Urea

Fumso Ammonium Sulphate

 Ho NPK 15 15 15

Urea

 Mankessim NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Navrongo NPK 15 15 15

NPK 23 10 5

 Ammonium Sulphate

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18
Fumso com 110 110
sub 68 68
Gwollu com 110 110 110 120 115 115
sub 68 68 68 68
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 90
sub 68 68 63 63
Kade com 120 110
sub 68
Kpando com 112 112 112 56 80 80
sub 68 68 63 63
Mankessim com 130 130 130 130 130 130 120 120 120
sub 68 68 68 68 63 63
Navrongo com 120 120 120 120 120 120 80 80 80
sub 68 68 68 68 63 63
Tamale com 80 100 110 95 110 110 90 90 75
sub 68 68 68 68 63 63

APRIL 2018

Market comments 

The Planting for Food and Jobs programme (PFJ) for 2018 farming season was duly launched on the 3rd of April, by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. A 50% subsidy was maintain on all the fertilizer products, even though there is an increase in price over the 2017 prices.
Agro dealers have started stocking their shops since the launch of the PFJ but before the launch, farmers accessed fertilizer products carried over from the 2017 programme at the district departments of agriculture.
The subsidized prices for both NPK compound and Urea fertilizer products have gone up for the 2018 farming season. All NPK compound fertilizers under the PFJ are to be sold at GHS 68 as compared to GHS 57 for last year. On the other hand, Urea is selling at GHS 63 compared to GHS47 for last year whiles Ammonium sulphate also goes for GHS 40 per 50kg bag.
Agro dealer shops in the south who had stocks have seen a marginal increase in sales this month mainly due to the setting in of rains for the start of 2018 farming season.


Sales trend (comparisons from March to April) 

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Tamale NPK 23 10 5

NPK 20 10 10

Urea

Fumso Ammonium Sulphate

 Ho NPK 15 15 15

Urea

 Mankessim NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Navrongo NPK 15 15 15

NPK 23 10 5

 Ammonium Sulphate

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
Fumso com 110
sub 68
Gwollu com 110 110 110 90 120 115
sub 68 68
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 90
sub 68 63
Kade com 120 120
Kpando com 112 112 112 80 56 80
sub 68 63
Mankessim com 130 130 130 80 130 130 130 120 120
sub 68 68 63
Navrongo com 120 120 120 120 120 120 80 80 80
sub 68 68 63
Tamale com 80 80 100 95 95 110 90 90 90
sub 68 68 63

MARCH 2018

Market comments 

Currently most agrodealer shops do not have fertilizer stocks for the simple reason that, the major suppliers are waiting for the fixing of prices by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Meanwhile, some farmers have accessed fertilizer products from the district departments of agriculture.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has short listed 20 out of 60 companies who submitted their proposal to be awarded contracts to supply fertilizer products for the 2018 season. The selection committee held its first meeting with the companies to discuss implementation details. Sales will be handle by agro-dealer shops and agriculture extension agents by issuing coupons approved by the district director of agriculture.


Sales trend (comparisons from February to March) 

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Tamale NPK 23 10 5

NPK 20 10 10

Urea

Fumso Ammonium Sulphate

 Ho NPK 15 15 15

Urea

 Mankessim NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Navrongo NPK 15 15 15

NPK 23 10 5

 Ammonium Sulphate

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18
Dunkwa-On- Offin com
Fumso com
Gwollu com 110 110 110 90 120
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 90
Kade com 100 120 120
Kpando com 110 112 112 80 80 56
Mankessim com 130 130 130 80 80 130 130 130 120
Navrongo com 120 120 120 120 120 120 80 80 80
Tamale com 80 80 80 95 95 95 90 90 90

FEBRUARY 2018

Market comments 

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture started evaluating all the bids submitted. A committee will then award contracts to qualified companies for the supply of compound fertilizers and urea for the 2018 cropping season under the Planting for food and jobs campaign. Prices remain unchanged, however there was anticipation that fertilizer prices would increase for the 2018 farming season due to the unstable nature of the cedi. Sales this month was minimal at the irrigated vegetable growing areas in the country.


Sales trend (comparisons from January to February) 

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Tamale NPK 23 10 5

NPK 20 10 10

Urea

Fumso Ammonium Sulphate

 Ho NPK 15 15 15

Urea

 Mankessim NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Navrongo NPK 15 15 15

NPK 23 10 5

 Ammonium Sulphate

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18 Dec-17 Jan-18 Feb-18
Dunkwa-On- Offin com
Fumso com
Gwollu com 110 110 110 90
Ho com 85 100 100 85 90 90
Kade com 100 100 120
Kpando com 110 110 112 85 80 80
Mankessim com 130 130 130 80 80 80 130 130 130
Navrongo com 120 120 120 120 120 120 80 80
Tamale com 90 80 80 100 95 95 90 90 90

JANUARY 2018

Market comments 

Most agro-dealer shops are out of fertilizer stocks. However, district departments of agriculture have surplus of fertilizers which can be accessed for the next farming season. Prices remain unchanged, meanwhile the smart farmers have taken advantage of surplus fertilizer products at the district offices to buy fertilizer ahead of time for next farming season in anticipation of price increase for 2018 farming season. Sales this month have taken a downward trend, obviously due to the dry season. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture have closed the submission of bids and a committee is currently processing the applications to award contracts to qualified companies for the supply compound fertilizers and urea for the 2018 cropping season under the Planting for food and jobs campaign. Also, the Ministry has put in place a special committee to check the quality of fertilizer products distributed to farmers under the same programme.


Sales trend (comparisons from December to January) 

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Tamale NPK 23 10 5

NPK 20 10 10

Urea

Fumso Ammonium Sulphate

 Ho NPK 15 15 15

Urea

 Mankessim NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Navrongo NPK 15 15 15

NPK 23 10 5

 Ammonium Sulphate

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18 Nov-17 Dec-17 Jan-18
Dunkwa-On- Offin com
sub 57.5 57.5 47.5
Fumso com
sub 57.5 57.5 47.5
Gwollu com 110 110 110
sub 57.5 57.5 47.5
Ho com 85 100 85 90
sub 57.5 57.5 47.5
Kade com 110 100 100
sub 57.5 57.5 47.5
Kpando com 110 110 85 80
sub 57.5 57.5 47.5
Mankessim com 130 130 130 80 80 80 130 130 130
sub 47.5
Navrongo com 120 120 120 110 120 120 80
sub 57.5 57.5 47.5
Tamale com 90 80 100 95 90 90
sub 57.5 57.5 47.5

DECEMBER 2017

Market comments 

The celebration of the national farmers’ day formally brings to a close the farming season, the planting for food and jobs campaign this year enabled, farmers across the country to have access to fertilizers at a stable prize all year round. This month saw a further decline in sales figures. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture intends to purchase 200 MT of fertilizer (ie 180 MT of chemical fertilizer and 20 MT of organic fertilizer), for distribution to farmers for the 2018 cropping season under the Planting for food and jobs campaign. The fertilizer products to be covered include Compound fertilizer (NPK) (such as 15-15-15, 23-10-05, 20-10-10) and urea.


Sales trend (comparisons from November to December) 

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Tamale NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Fumso Ammonium Sulphate

 Ho NPK 15 15 15

Urea

 Mankessim NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Navrongo NPK 15 15 15

NPK 23 10 5

 Ammonium Sulphate

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Oct-17 Nov-17 Dec-17 Oct-17 Nov-17 Dec-17 Oct-17 Nov-17 Dec-17
Dunkwa-On- Offin com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Fumso com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Gwollu com 110 110 110 105
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Ho com 100 85 70 85
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Kade com 100 110 110
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Kpando com 110 85
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Mankessim com 140 130 130 80 80 80 130 130 130
sub 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Navrongo com 120 120 120 110 110 120
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Tamale com 90 100 90
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5

NOVEMBER 2017

Market comments 

Fertilizer prices across the country remain unchanged, farmers still have access to fertilizer products from the district department of food and agriculture at a 50% price reduction compared to the commercial market price. Sales have however, seen a drastic decline this month. Preparation for the 2018/2019 cropping season have begun. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture intends to advertise expression of interest for the supply of fertilizers and seeds in November and December to invite interested companies to submit proposals.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from October to November)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Tamale NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Fumso NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Ho NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Mankessim NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Navrongo NPK 15 15 15

 NPK 23 10 5

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Nov-17
Dunkwa-On- Offin com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Fumso com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Gwollu com 110 110 110 105
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Ho com 100 100 70 70
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Kade com 100 100 110
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Kpando com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Mankessim com 130 140 130 80 80 80 130 130 130
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5
Navrongo com 120 120 120 120 110 110
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Tamale com 130 90
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5

OCTOBER 2017


Market comments 

Farmers still have access to cheaper fertilizers under the planting for food and jobs program for the minor season and irrigation farming. Prices remained stable with a marginal drop in sales compared to the previous month. The presidency is threatening to crack the whip on any person or group of persons found to be engaged in smuggling of subsidized fertilizer. The peasant farmers’ association has inaugurated and tasked its watchdog committees to monitor the movement of subsidized fertilizers across neighboring countries, and report such perpetrators to the security agencies for arrest and prosecution.

 


Sales trend (Comparisons from September to October)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Tamale NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Fumso NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Ho NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Mankessim NPK 23 10 5

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

Navrongo NPK 15 15 15

 NPK 23 10 5

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17 Aug-17 Sep-17 Oct-17
Dunkwa-On- Offin com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Fumso com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Gwollu com 110 110 110 105
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Ho com 100 100 100 100 70 70
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Kade com 100 100 100
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Kpando com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Mankessim com 130 130 140 80 80 80 130 130 130
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Navrongo com 120 120 120 120 120 110
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Tamale com  130 130 90 90
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5

SEPTEMBER 2017

Market comments 

With the exception of urea, the sale of fertilizer products have been impressive. Sales for urea declined slightly compared to the previous month. Even though, the subsidy program for this year, is almost over, farmers can still get fertilizer at cheaper price under the planting for food and jobs program after registering.


Sales trend (Comparisons from August to September)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Price trend 

Bogosso Ammonium Sulphate

NPK 15 15 15

Chiana Ammonium Sulphate

NPK 20 10 10

NPK 25 10 10

Ho Ammonium Sulphate

NPK 15 15 15

Urea

 Mankessim Ammonium Sulphate

NPK 23 10 5

 NPK 15 15 15

 Urea

Navrongo  Ammonium Sulphate

 NPK 15 15 15

 NPK 23 10  5

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type July-17 Aug-17 Sept-17 July-17 Aug-17 Sept-17 July-17 Aug-17 Sep-17
Dunkwa-On- Offin com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Fumso com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Gwollu com 110 110 110
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Ho com 100 100 100 100 100 70
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Kade com 100 100
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Kpando com
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Mankessim com 130 130 80 80 130 130
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Navrongo com 120 120 120 120 120 120
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Tamale com 130 130 90 90
sub 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 57.5 47.5 47.5 47.5
Publications

Ghana Fertilizer Statistics Overview 2015  FUBC Ghana final report 2015     West Africa Fertilizer Report Ghana 2013         Ghana Fertilizer Assessment (IFDC for AFAP, June 2012)         2016 AFO CountrySTAT FTWG Workshop Ghana Nigeria (Nasarawa, May 2016)     West Africa Fertilizer Report Ghana 2013        An Action Plan For Developing Agricultural Input Markets in Ghana         World Bank Agribusiness Indicators Ghana