Tanzania

Country Overview

Fertilizer Market

Fertilizer Prices

Market Comments

JUNE 2018

Market Comments 
In June, the harvesting season is ongoing thus low usage in fertilizers and the decreasing trend in fertilizer sales during this period
The government policy on fertilizer in Tanzania still has directive on price, thus it has announced fertilizer tender for the year of 2018-2019, in order to get a company that will import fertilizer for the coming season.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and Export Trading Group (ETG) have signed a financial agreement worth $ 100 million loan to finance support agriculture on the African continent. The cash will also be used to support fertilizer projects in Kenya and Zambia and help reinforce the processing Plants in Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Togo, Ethiopia, Benin, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Uganda among other nations.


Sales trend (comparisons from to May to June)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18 Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18 Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18
Arusha com 44000 50000 50000 40000 45000 47000
Morogoro com 41000 41500 41500 35000 35000 33000
Mvomero com 44000 55000 58000 58000 62000
Njombe com 45500 45500 45500 67000 67000 67000 36000 36000 36000
Tarime com 51000 53000 51000 63000 62000 62000

MAY 2018

Market Comments 

In May, there has been a decrease in usage of DAP fertilizers due to the ongoing flooding. For some areas in Arusha region, crops have been severely affected by flooding. Most of the crops are at the top dressing stage with long-rain season getting to an end.


Sales trend (comparisons from to April to May)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18
Arusha com 44000 50000 40000 40000 45000
Morogoro com 41000 41500 35000 35000
Mvomero com 44000 60000 58000 58000
Njombe com 48000 45500 45500 66000 67000 67000 36000 36000 36000
Tarime com 56000 51000 53000 61000 63000 62000

APRIL 2018

Market Comments 

Currently, the price for CAN has dropped to Tsh.41, 500 per 50 kg bag while the prices for DAP and Urea are still the same as that of March. There is price subsidy on the DAP and Urea Fertilizers. The long rain season is currently ongoing and farmers are topdressing their crops.


Sales trend (comparisons from to March to April)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18
Arusha com 50000 44000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 48000 41000 33000 35000
Mvomero com 49000 65000 60000 58000 45000
Njombe com 48500 48000 45500 66000 66000 67000 39000 36000 36000
Tarime com 58500 56000 51000 61000 61000 63000

MARCH 2018

Market Comments 

In March, there has been a shortage of Urea in certain regions of the country. Some of the agro-dealers with Urea stocks were not willing to sell it separately but combined with other products such as SA, CAN and DAP.
Planting for main cropping season has started, main crops include sunflower, maize, rice and beans. DAP and Urea fertilizers indicative prices are set by the government under the BPS but there is limited availability as most of the agro-dealers are not selling the fertilizers because of low margins.
In addition, there is big supply of BPS fertilizers at the importer level as agro-dealers are not willing to buy the commodity causing farmers to plant without fertilizers.


Sales trend (comparisons from to February to March)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18
Arusha com 56000 50000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 42000 48000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 45000 49000 62000 65000 60000 45000 45000
Njombe com 47000 48500 48000 66000 66000 66000 38000 39000 36000
Tarime com 58000 58500 56000 61000 61000 61000

FEBRUARY 2018

Market Comments 

There has been a shortage of Urea and DAP fertilizers especially in the southern region of the country. The selling price of Urea and DAP are set by the government under the Bulk Procurement System (BPS). In the current season, there has been increase in the price of Urea by $124 per ton compared to the previous season. Tanzania Fertilizer Company (TFC) was awarded the tender of importing fertilizers during this season. It’s the currently the planting phase of maize, rice and horticultural crops.


Sales trend (comparisons from January to February)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18 Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18 Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18
Arusha com 60000 56000 50000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 42000 42000 48000 33000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 48000 45000 49000 62000 62000 35000 45000 45000 45000
Njombe com 40000 47000 48500 66000 66000 31000 38000 39000
Tarime com 58000 58500 61000 61000

JANUARY 2018

Market Comments 

The rainy season has started and the demand for fertilizers is very high but farmers have to travel longer distances to hub agro-dealers (wholesalers) to access fertilizers. Most of the retail agro-dealers are not handling DAP and Urea fertilizers due to price controls set by the government that do not allow them to make profit margins.


Sales trend (comparisons from December to January)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Urea 46%
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18 Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18 Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18
Mbeya com 44500 56000
sub 41000
Morogoro com 42000 42000
sub 38464 38200
Mvomero com 48000 45000 62000 62000
sub 38500

DECEMBER 2017

Market Comments 

Although the demand for fertilizers was high, supply of DAP and Urea was low at the retail agro-dealer level. Input retailers have not purchased from the wholesalers where the supply is high because the set market price by the government for DAP and Urea, does not allow profitable margins.

Most retail agro-dealers have sold other fertilizers that are more profitable than DAP and Urea. According to agro-dealers in the Southern and Northern regions there was improvement in sales in December compare to last month. Meanwhile, agro-dealers in central Tanzania are waiting for the next season.


Sales trend (comparisons from November to December)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

Price trends over the past 3 months

DAP Urea 46%
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Oct -17 Nov -17 Dec -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Dec -17
Mbeya com 54000
Songea com 54000 49000 49000
Sumbawanga com 56000 56800 44000 44000

NOVEMBER 2017

Market Comments 

The bulk procurement system is now proceeding smoothly with the Government sending out indicative selling prices at all levels, farm gate and town.

The rainy season has begun in the Southern highlands with increased sales of fertilizer, given that planting is beginning this month.


Sales trend (comparisons from October to November)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Songea CAN

DAP

Urea

 Sumbawanga DAP

Price trends over the past 3 months

DAP Urea 46%
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Sep -17 Oct -17 Nov -17
Mbeya com 55000 54000 45000 42000 54000
Songea com 54000 54000 42000 49000
Sumbawanga com 65000 56000 56800 47000 44000

OCTOBER 2017

Market Comments 

The planting season for the short rain season has just begun, fertilizer sales are on the increase.  Recommended prices are almost the same in most areas as government has resolved to make bulk procurement for DAP, UREA and CAN this year. Some Hub agro dealers have resorted to retail sales instead of wholesale as they have not been paid for participating in the subsidy distribution two years ago.


Sales trend (Comparisons from September to October)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Mbeya CAN

DAP

Urea

 Sumbawanga DAP

Price trends over the past 2 months

CAN DAP Urea 46%
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17
Mbeya com 42000 45000 55000 54000 45000 42000
Songea com 42000 54000 42000
Sumbawanga com 46000 65000 56000 47000
Publications

Tanzania Fertilizer Statistics Overview 2014         2016 Joint CountrySTAT KE_TZ_ET FTWG Workshop Report         2014 Kenya &Tanzania FTWG Workshop Meeting minutes (23-25 June 2014)  Tanzania - Fertilizer Market Assessment (IFDC AFAP, June 2012)    An Action Plan for Developing Sustainable Agricultural Input Supply Systems in Tanzania