Zambia

Country Overview

Fertilizer Market

Fertilizer Prices

Market Comments

OCTOBER 2017

Market Comments 

There was increase in fertilizer sales as the government subsidized vouchers were activated in August 2017. Most of the farmers who did not get the subsidized inputs during the 2016/17 farming season continued collecting this month through the Farmer Input Support Program (FISP).

Most of the farmers have now sold their maize to either the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) or millers as most of them expected an increase in the flow price of maize. There has been an outcry throughout the country over adjusting the price. FRA is currently paying off farmers for maize supplied hence most of them are buying inputs as they have money now.

Now that most parts of Zambia have received some rains, there is an expected increase in the demand for the inputs throughout the month.

 

 


Sales trend (Comparisons from September to October)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Lusaka NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound)

Urea

Kapiri Mposhi NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound)

Urea

Kitwe NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound)

Urea

 Petauke NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound)

Urea

Mkushi NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound)

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 2 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17
Chibombo com 260 285 250 275
sub 66 66 48 48
Chipata com 290 290 285 285
sub 66 84 56 79
Kabwe com 262 275 22ç 243
sub 57 71 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 268 274 232 241
sub 66 70 53 53
Kitwe com 270 270 235 250
sub 66 76 48 53
Lusaka com 265 270 250 250
sub 66 66 56 56
Mkushi com 280 285 250 270
sub 66 66 48 48
Petauke com 273 278 238 250
sub 66 69 56 56

SEPTEMBER 2017

Market Comments

The fertilizer sales in the month of September showed an increase as the government subsidized vouchers were activated in the beginning of August 2017. The government pays ZMK1700 while farmers pay ZMK400 per 50 kg bag of fertilizer. In 2016, the subsidy was delayed resulting in reduced maize yields. Most of the farmers who did not get the inputs during the farming season did so this month.

In the central regions of Zambia sales increased because this is the area where tomato farming is high. They use more fertilizers both foliar and granular.


Sales Trend (Comparisons from August to September)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Lusaka NPK 10 10 20

Urea

Kapiri Mposhi NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S

Urea

 Kitwe NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S

Urea

 Petauke NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S

Urea

 Choma NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S

Urea

 

Publications

Zambia Fertilizer Assessment            An Action Plan for Developing Agricultural Input Markets in Zambia