Ghana

Country Overview

Fertilizer Market

Fertilizer Prices

Market Comments

AUGUST 2019

Market comments

The start of the minor season in the southern sector as against the peak season in the north have seen a large quantities of fertilizer sales and agrodealers say they still have much fertilizers in stock for sale.
Fertilizer prices will remain unchanged until a period when the PFJ fertilizers will run out of stock, this is because, most farmers do not buy commercial fertilizers when they can access subsidized fertilizers at 50%.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture in July suspended nine districts found to be involved in massive fertilizer smuggling and other implementation breaches for 2019 PFJ. However. the District Chief Executives (DCE’s) for the various districts have written to the Ministry stating that, they will take full responsibility for all PFJ fertilizers that will come to their respective districts. For some time now, the Ministry have tried to come out with new guidelines to eliminate smuggling yet these guidelines seem not to be working for all districts of the country.

 

 

 

 

 



JULY 2019

Market comments

Fertilizer are available throughout the country, indeed in some instances, the PFJ fertilizers arrived late, hence farmers had to initially depend on fertilizer from the commercial market. However, some farmers in the southern sector thinks that, the PFJ fertilizers will serve them better in the minor farming season.
Fertilizer product prices will remain unchanged until a period when the PFJ fertilizers run out of stock.
The introduction of new formulation of fertilizer products to serve the northern sector by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture have seen the light of day. The retailers have now stocked such formulations as NPK 15 20 20 + 0.7Zn and NPK 12 30 17 + 0.4Zn. Observations are that, there is a very high demand for NPK 15 20 20 + 0.7Zn.
The challenge for some farmers is that, they find the process of scanning each bag of fertilizer bought frustrating. Also,nine district assemblies comprising four from Upper East, three from Upper West and two from the Northern regions have been suspended from continuing in 2019 PFJ campaign due to breaches in the implementation guide lines.

 

 

 

 

 



JUNE 2019

Market comments

It is a fact that fertilizer products are available throughout the country but farmers who planted early in the northern sector could only purchase fertilizer at the commercial market price due to unavailability of PFJ fertilizer at retail shops. Agrodealers confirmed that, PFJ fertilizers would be available at the shops by the 15th June, 2019.
Product prices remain unchanged especially in the southern sector, since the launch of 2019 PFJ. Some agrodealers in the south saw a jump in sales, whiles their counterparts in the north make marginal sales and hoped to do serious business from the middle of June, when PFJ fertilizers will hit their retail shops.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture held a meeting with participating fertilizer companies to review the half year performance of these companies. It came to light that companies tasked to blend the new formulations have not push enough to the northern regions. These companies promise to put in extra efforts to move the fertilizer products to the northern sector as their contribution in making 2019 PFJ programme implementation successful.

 

 

 

 

 


MAY 2019

Market comments

At the launch of 2019 planting for food and jobs (PFJ) programme, NPK 15 15 15 was not covered by the subsidy. However, some farmers are demanding the product and some importers also have the product in stock. This has necessitated the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to add NPK 15 15 15 to the list of fertilizer products being subsidize under PFJ.
The Ministry of Food & Agriculture as part of its implementation programme for 2019, this month continued to train Agric Extension Agents in the southern sector, how to sensitize and handle the process of selling fertilizer to farmers.

 

 

 

 

 



APRIL 2019

Market comments

Agrodealers in the southern sector of Ghana at the moment have stocked various kinds of fertilizer products and are ready to do business with farmers. This month have seen an improvement in the sale of fertilizer product especially in the southern sector. The Ministry of Food & Agriculture this month continued to train Agric Extension Agents in the southern sector on how to sensitize and handle the process of selling fertilizer to farmers. Most distributors are currently supplying fertilizer products to their wholesalers and retailers across the country. The Ministry however, was not happy at the rate of distribution by the fertilizer companies and therefore tasked the companies to speed up the rate of distribution. The observation was that organic fertilizer companies have done more distribution than the inorganic fertilizer companies.

 

 

 

 

 


MARCH 2019

Market comments

Agrodealers are making efforts to stock their shops and take advantage of the season since the launch of PFJ for 2019. Quantities of fertilizer products have seen an improvement especially in the southern sector of Ghana, where farmers have begun planting.
Demand for fertilizer products is beginning to show a marginal increase in some locations in the southern sector. Currently Urea is selling at a higher price in some shops than the normal price; an indication that the product is currently in short supply.
Onset of the rains have witnessed a minimal increase in sales beginning this March and it is expected that, the southern sector will experience a major sales increase by end of this month.

Subsidy Programme: Since the launch of 2019 PFJ campaign, The Ministry of Food & Agriculture in collaboration with other stakeholders have taken some concrete steps to have a successful implementation of the programme. These include;
• A meeting with regional directors, regional MIS officers and regional crops development officers to brief them on the modalities and take them through the operations of the digital software that will monitor the distribution process.
• The Ministry, on other hand, have contracted some selected fertilizer companies to formulate various types of fertilizer products to be supplied to five regions in the northern sector as one of the initiatives to supply only formulated fertilizers to all regions in the near future according to soils and their nutrient needs.
• Also, some shops in the southern sector, have already taken delivery of fertilizer products from their suppliers and have issued out PFJ fertilizers for 2019 season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FEBRUARY 2019

Market comments

Observations at agrodealer shops show that urea is in short supply, while the other fertilizer products are in good supply at the various retail shops awaiting the start of the farming season.
Demand for fertilizer products at this time of the year is naturally low but for the shortage in the supply of urea, the product have seen about 25% increase across the country. Until a drastic reform or expansion in the country’s irrigation system, agrodealers will continue to wait for the rains before any sizeable sales can be made.
 
2019 Planting for Food and Jobs – Subsidy Programme

On the 23rd of January, 2019,The Ministry of Food & Agriculture launched the planting for Food and Jobs for 2019, with the following modalities.
1. All fertilizers and seeds will be bagged with PFJ labels.

2. Fertilizer to be sold in the three northern regions will be bagged in only 25 Kg bags

3. Fertilizer to be sold in the southern sector will be bagged in 50 Kg bags

4. Copies of waybills on all fertilizers and seeds consignments must be submitted to the Regional Ministers.

5. At the district and community levels, copies of waybills of all consignments must be submitted to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

6. Fertilizer and seeds distributors and retailers in the three northern regions will liaise with recruited Nation Builders’ Corps (NABCO), officials under the supervision of MMDCEs, to distribute fertilizers to the sale outlets/retail points.

7. NABCO officials will be placed at all retail outlets in the regions to supervise and record the quantities of fertilizers and seeds sold to farmers.

8. Sales records of the retailers will be reconciled with NABCO officials and invoices generated and submitted by the companies to the Ministry for payment. In consultation with the selected suppliers, the ministry will this year use a digital software to monitor the distribution process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Fumso com 110 110 110 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Gwollu com 110 110 110 120 120 120 85 85 85
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 95
sub
Kade com 110 110 110 110
sub 68 68 68 68
Kpando com 112 115 115 80 80 90
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 120 120 100 120 120 100 100 100 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63


JANUARY 2019

Market comments

On 23rd January, 2019, the Ministry of Food & Agriculture launched the 2019 Planting for Food and Jobs campaign. For the first time, the input subsidy programme has been launched in January and the ministry hope it will help get the inputs to farmers on time. Also, more site specific and crop specific fertilizer formulas has been introduced; NPK 15-20-20+0.7 Zn, NPK 12-30-17+0.4 Zn, NPK 17-10-10, NPK 20 10 10, NPK 23 10 5, NPK 25 10 10 and Urea. The government target is to supply 300,000mt of inorganic fertilizers and 20,000mt of organic fertilizers to 1 million farmers in Ghana. Farmers are to pay
GHS 75 for NPK(50kg) and GHS 70 for Urea.
Earlier in January, agrodealers had enough fertilizer stocks in readiness for any business opportunity; stocks were available because of the reduced sales due to dry season. Dealers believed that this has been the normal business trend in the fertilizer industry and with time business will bounce back.
Shops continue to witness less or no sales this month and there is minimal price increases in locations where irrigation facilities are available for farming activities. This trend is expected to continue until the raining season starts as the country largely depend on rainfed agriculture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Fumso com 110 110 110 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Gwollu com 110 110 110 120 120 120 85 85 85
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 95
sub
Kade com 110 110 110 110
sub 68 68 68 68
Kpando com 112 115 115 80 80 90
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 120 120 100 120 120 100 100 100 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63

DECEMBER 2018

Market comments

The celebration of farmers day officially ends the agricultural calendar year. However, with modern trends in agricultural business agro dealer shops still hold a sizable stocks of fertilizer products in readiness for any opportunity, even though the rains are over for any serious farming activity. In view of the above, all fertilizer products sold after 31st December, 2018 will be sold at the commercial market price.
Prices have not changed for the past few months at the sales shops, its expected that, this is likely to continue until government and fertilizer importing companies settle on the new price for 2019 under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
The Ministry of Food & Agriculture have begun the process of opening the bids to make way for the award of contracts for the supply of fertilizer products for 2019, Planting for Food and Jobs programme. A total of 72 bids were received from Companies for 2019 programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Fumso com 110 110 110 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Gwollu com 110 110 110 120 120 120 85 85 85
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 95
sub
Kade com 110 110 110 110
sub 68 68 68 68
Kpando com 112 115 115 80 80 90
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 120 120 100 120 120 100 100 100 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63

NOVEMBER 2018

Market comments

A number of Agro- dealer shops in some locations have run out of stocks completely because farmers will only buy subsidized fertilizer products. Meanwhile other dealers in certain locations have large stocks for the commercial market.
To a large extent, most prices remain the same as previous month, for the fact that PFJ fertilizer is still in circulation and since there has not been extra demand for farming activity this month.
The rate of sales for this November has seen a drastic decline due to less activity in the agricultural sector, except in areas where irrigation farming is practiced.
2018 Planting for Food and Jobs programme is expected to end as at 31st December, 2018. The Ministry of Food & Agriculture has therefore placed adverts, asking interested companies to submit their bids for participation in the 2019 Planting for Food and Jobs programme. All things being equal, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in collaboration with other industry players are to formulate specific fertilizer products for five (5) regions, the other five regions in will continue to receive the normal compound and nitrogenous fertilizers for 2019, until soil testing and trials are completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Fumso com 110 110 110 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Gwollu com 110 110 110 120 120 120 85 85 85
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 95
sub
Kade com 110 110 110 110
sub 68 68 68 68
Kpando com 112 115 115 80 80 90
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 120 120 100 120 120 100 100 100 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63

OCTOBER 2018

Market comments

Agrodealer shops still have large stocks of fertilzer products to be sold either through planting of food and jobs based on availability of coupons or at the commercial market price with signs of reviews.
This month have seen a marginal price review in some of the fertilizer products in some locations where such products are in high demand. For instance, NPK 23 10 5 in the commercial market have seen an increase from 114 – 118 a (3.5%) raise in price in some shops. The rate of sales for this month is slow an indication that the season is gradually coming to an end. Dealers are hoping to make up for the sales during the dry season farming.
The Planting for Food and Jobs programme is on-going and is expected to end by the 31st December, 2018. Farmers across the country have complained of unavailability of coupons, meanwhile it’s been revealed that, these same farmers in certain areas are in possession of a lot of coupons. The reason being that these farmers are unable to raise their part of the 50% of the fertilizer price. The Ministry is therefore looking for ways overcome this challenge in subsequent years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 15 15 15 NPK 23 10 5 Urea 46%
GHS/ 50 kg bag Type Aug -18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Oct -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Oct -18
Fumso com 110 110 110 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Gwollu com 110 110 110 120 120 120 85 85 85
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 90
sub 68 63
Kade com 110 110 110
sub 68 68 68
Kpando com 112 112 115 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 120 120 120 120 120 120 100 100 100
sub 68 68 68 68 63 63 63

SEPTEMBER 2018

Market comments

Information from the field still show that sales are still high this month, even though, accessing coupons is a problem for now. Agro dealers confirmed that they have huge stocks of fertilizer products awaiting sales.
Some farmers across the country are complaining that, they cannot access coupons to buy fertilizer for their farms as there is shortage of coupons to access subsidized fertilizers under the Planting for Food and Jobs. Majority of the stakeholders are calling for alternate methods to sustain the programme in the future. The Minister of Food and Agriculture has vow to deal drastically with persons found hoarding coupons that are meant to access fertilizers.


Sales trend (comparisons from July to August)

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 Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18
Fumso com 110 110 110 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Gwollu com 110 110 110 120 120 120 85 85 85
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 90
sub 68 68 63 63
Kade com 110 110 110
sub 68 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 120 120 120 120 120 120 100 100 100
sub 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63

AUGUST 2018

Market comments

Farmers in some districts up-to-date have difficulty accessing coupons meant for fertilizer, this is largely due to apathy on the part of some district directors for the department of agriculture. The Minister for Food and Agriculture has therefore task the national, regional and the district directors to make sure farmers can access fertilizers without further delay. Agro dealers have seen a huge rise in sales this month because the farming season is at its peak. The observation is that fertilizer prices will remain unchanged as long as supply and demand are at par. The best condition for planning according to the agro input dealers and farmers.


Sales trend (comparisons from July to August)

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 Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug -18
Fumso com 110 110 110 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Gwollu com 110 110 110 115 120 120 85 85
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Kade com 110 110 110
sub 68 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 110 120 120 100 120 120 75 100 100
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63

JULY 2018

Market comments

Farmers have been given a window of opportunity to now access seeds on credit and pay after harvest. This is to encourage farmers who were not willing to buy seeds as part of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme package. Observations are that some of the district department of agriculture still has left-over stocks of fertilizer meant for 2017 planting for food and jobs programme.


Sales trend (comparisons from June to July)

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 May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18
Fumso com 110 110 110 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63
Gwollu com 110 110 110 115 115 120 85
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63
Ho com 100 100 100 90 90 90
sub 68 68 68 63 63 63
Kade com 110 110 110
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 110 110 120 110 100 120 75 75 100
sub 68 68 68 68 68 68 63 63 63

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 90
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