Uganda

Country Overview

Fertilizer Market

Fertilizer Prices

Market Comments

OCTOBER 2017

Market Comments 

There has been an increase in fertilizer sales countrywide especially granular fertilizers (DAP and NPK’s) due to the rainy season. There were less foliar fertilizer sales compared to the solid ones.

The previous good yield in Irish potatoes growing areas of Kapchorwa and Mbale-Elgon region had a positive effect on fertilizer sale this month as more farmers have planted Irish potatoes.

In Lira and other parts of the northern region, instructions on fertilizer application demonstrated on seed packets have influenced sales of certain granular fertilizers especially products from Kenya.

Traders in Kampala’s Container village an enclave of agro input providers noted that the Kenyan election period earlier affected their business and were only pulling through during September when their consignments got clearance.

 


Sales trend (Comparisons from September to October)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Kampala CAN

DAP

MOP

SSP

Kabale DAP

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

 Iganga CAN

DAP

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

Kapchorwa CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

DAP

 

Price trends over the past 2 months

DAP NPK 17 17 17 Urea 46%
UGX/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17
Arua com 120000 125000 125000
Iganga com 115000 125000 115000 125000 90000 100000
Kabale com 120000 120000  110000 108000 120000 105000
Kampala com 120000 110000 116000 110000 95000 95000
Kapchorwa com 115000 110000 115000 100000 90000 100000
Kasese com 130000 130000 130000 130000 100000 100000
Lira com 120000 120000 120000 120000  90000 90000
Masindi com 140000 140000 135000 135000 125000 115000

SEPTEMBER 2017

Market Comments

NPK was much preferred countrywide because farmers found it more productive. It was also noted that it could be applied at different stages of cultivation, and, this time round farmers applied it during planting. Kapchorwa stocked NPK 25:5:5 and 17:17:17 especially for the coffee and maize farmers. NPK was also intensively applied by vegetable farmer’s countrywide.
In the highlands of Mbale and Kabale more DAP fertilizers was bought by farmers involved in production Irish potatoes/onions production. That apart, more DAP is usually bought at planting time especially now that the rainy season has begun.
Fertilizers products such as SSP, MOP, TSP and NPK 16:16:16 were little known by the market apart from Kampala’s major market and a few supported farmers like in the case of tobacco and sugar cane cultivation where some of these fertilizers were distributed directly to farmers.
The utilization of CAN and Urea recorded less application in several locations, however, more DAP and NPK fertilizers products registered a general increased as more awareness gets to the users like the case in point in Arua where SNV maintained an on-farm fertilizer demo.


Sales Trend (Comparisons from August to September)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Kampala CAN

DAP

NPK 17 17 17

SSP

Urea

Kabale DAP

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

 Arua CAN

DAP

NPK 17 17 17

NPK 25 5 5

Urea

 Mbale Urea

NPK 17 17 17

DAP

Publications

Uganda Fertilizer Statistics Overview 2014        2014 CountrySTAT FTWG Uganda workshop minutes 23rd-24th September 2014        FUBC Uganda final report 2015          An Action Plan for Developing Agricultural Input Markets in Uganda