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Market Comments

MAY 2019

Market Comments
Farmers in Western and Central are expected to benefit from increased rains this month.
However, most parts of Northern, South Eastern, the Coastal Strip and the Southern Rift Valley (Kajiado and Magadi) will receive slightly depressed rainfall.
Agricultural experts noted that Kenyan farmers have no choice but to immediately take up climate-smart practices to save themselves from the vagaries of unpredictable weather.
The use of climate-smart practices has in the past been limited to mainly large-scale farmers as small ones continue to use traditional farming methods, but this is no longer feasible because of the erratic weather.


APRIL 2019

Market Comments
The sales of fertilizers have increased slightly as farmers are preparing for planting while waiting for the rains.
Fertilizer prices increased as registered by most of the agrodealer outlets especially planting fertilizers like DAP and NP 23 23 0.
Subsidized fertilizers which are provided to farmers by the government are not available and therefore farmers are buying from the open market.
In the Rift-valley region, in towns like Eldoret, Kitale and Nakuru, the sales of fertilizers slightly reduced as compared to the past seasons due to the delayed rains.
In the Eastern region, some farmers have already bought planting fertilizers but are still waiting for the rains.
In Central region, areas of Kiambu and Nyeri counties are experiencing minimal rainfall. The farmers are buying fertilizers for planting.
In Coastal region, the rains have also delayed. Some farmers have already planted while waiting for rains.


MARCH 2019

Market Comments
In general, the country is experiencing dry sunny climatic condition. Most of the agrodealers have restocked basal fertilizers like DAP and NPK 23.23.0 in preparation of the planting season which is expected to begin in March-April
The demand and the sale of these fertilizers have increased. The price for DAP and Urea have remained high because some major importers did not have the product in stock.
In Western and Nyanza regions of Kenya, the rains have started, and farmers are planting maize and beans. In Kisii, farmers have finished planting and are now weeding maize and beans as they apply the first top dressing. In Central region, farmers in Embu and Meru regions are also preparing their lands in readiness for the rains expected to start mid-March.


FEBRUARY 2019

Market Comments
The prices of most of the fertilizers remained the same in most regions of the country.
Most of the agrodealers recorded low sales of fertilizers due to ongoing dry season in the country. However, the price of Urea has remained high because there was not enough stock in wholesalers and agrodealer shops.
In parts of Eastern region, the rains were low, and many farmers recorded poor harvest.
In Central region, maize is almost maturing and fertilizer use is very low.
In Rift Valley region, there was low sale of fertilizers. Farmers have harvested maize and they are busy preparing their lands for the next planting season which starts late February to early March.
In rice growing areas like Mwea, most agrodealers recorded increased demand and sales of Sulphate of Ammonia and Urea leading to increased prices for these fertilizers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Nairobi com 2288 2350 2425 3200 3467 3467 3000 3000 3050
Embu com 2200 2350 2400 3050 2350 3400 2900 2900 2900
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2600 3400 3500
Kitale com 2050 2300 2300 3000
Kitengela com 2200 2300 2300 3300 3400 3400
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300
Mombassa com 2400 2500 2500 3300 3500 3500
Thika com 2000 2200 2250 3000 3300 3200

JANUARY 2019

Market Comments
The sales volume for the fertilizers has increased slightly in this month of January due to ongoing rains in the country. The wholesale prices have also gone up, due to the delays at the Mombasa port, this means that the importers are passing the extra charges caused by the delay to the dealers, who are also increasing the retail prices.
The price of Urea has remained high due to the shortage being experienced in the country. In parts of rift valley province like Kericho, Eldoret and Kitale, sales volume for planting fertilizers at this time is low because farmers have just finished harvesting maize, and they are busy preparing land for planting in February.
In Kiambu, Muranga and Nyeri in the Central region, the sales volume of fertilizer has dropped because the maize has already flowered, and the green maize is almost ready.
In rice growing regions like Mwea, agro-dealers have noticed an increase in sale of fertilizers like Ammonium Sulphate and Urea which are used to top-dress rice. Also, farmers who grow tomatoes and French beans by irrigation have increased purchase of DAP and NPKs like 17.17.17, 23.23.0 and CAN.
In Eastern region, areas like Machakos, Meru and Embu, the sales were low except CAN and Urea which are used for topdressing maize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Nairobi com 2288 2350 2425 3200 3467 3467 3000 3000 3050
Embu com 2200 2350 2400 3050 2350 3400 2900 2900 2900
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2600 3400 3500
Kitale com 2050 2300 2300 3000
Kitengela com 2200 2300 2300 3300 3400 3400
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300
Mombassa com 2400 2500 2500 3300 3500 3500
Thika com 2000 2200 2250 3000 3300 3200

DECEMBER 2018

Market Comments
The sale of phosphatic fertilizers such as DAP and NPK23.23.0 has reduced since the farmers have finished planting. The price for Urea has increased in most shops by around Ksh 200 due to low supply.
The sale of top-dressing fertilizers, CAN and Urea, has remained the same as in the previous month of November in most agrodealer outlets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Nairobi com 2288 2350 2425 3200 3467 3467 3000 3000 3050
Embu com 2200 2350 2400 3050 2350 3400 2900 2900 2900
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2600 3400 3500
Kitale com 2050 2300 2300 3000
Kitengela com 2200 2300 2300 3300 3400 3400
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300
Mombassa com 2400 2500 2500 3300 3500 3500
Thika com 2000 2200 2250 3000 3300 3200

NOVEMBER 2018

Market Comments
There is currently a shortage of Urea in the market, with most of the agro-dealers across the country having no stock. This shortage has seen an increase of approximately Ksh. 150 – 200 per 50kg bag. The sale of basal fertilizers has increased in some regions by about 5-10%where farmers have begun planting but in other regions farmers are still `waiting for the rains.
In the Rift Valley region, there are low sales of fertilizers and this is because the farmers are currently harvesting maize from the long rain and are therefore little to no planting is being done for the short rain season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Nairobi com 2288 2350 2425 3200 3467 3467 3000 3000 3050
Embu com 2200 2350 2400 3050 2350 3400 2900 2900 2900
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2600 3400 3500
Kitale com 2050 2300 2300 3000
Kitengela com 2200 2300 2300 3300 3400 3400
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300
Mombassa com 2400 2500 2500 3300 3500 3500
Thika com 2000 2200 2250 3000 3300 3200

OCTOBER 2018

Market Comments
There is a big shortage of Phosphatic fertilizers like DAP and TSP. Most wholesalers citing delay in clearance at the port.The price for DAP in most shops has increased with more than 200 shillings for a 50kg bag.
Most agrodealers also reported increased sales of fertilizers as farmers are preparing for planting season.

 

 

 

 

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Aug -18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Oct -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Oct -18
Nairobi com 2300 2288 2350 3150 3200 3467 2975 3000 3000
Embu com 2100 2200 2350 2950 3050 2350 2800 2900 2900
Kisumu com 2600 2500 2500 3400 3400
Kitale com 2050 2050 2300 3000 3000
Kitengela com 2150 2200 2300 3150 3300 3400
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300 3300
Mombassa com 2300 2400 2500 3300 3300 3500
Thika com 2000 2000 2200 3000 3000 3300

SEPTEMBER 2018

Market Comments

Price for DAP increased slightly in most part of the country. Sales for DAP and NPK 23.23.0 have increased as farmers are preparing for planting season.

Sales trend (comparisons from July to august)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Mombassa CAN

DAP

Urea

Nairobi DAP

TSP

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

Kisumu CAN

DAP

Urea

Embu CAN

DAP

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18
Nairobi com 2288 2300 2288 3150 3150 3200 2975 2975 3000
Embu com 2000 2100 2200 2950 2950 3050 2800 2800 2900
Kisumu com 2500 2600 2500 3300 3400 3400
Kitale com 2050 2050 2050 3000 3000 3000
Kitengela com 2150 2150 2200 3150 3150 3300
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300 3300 3300
Mombassa com 2500 2300 2400 3200 3300 3300
Thika com 2000 2000 2000 3000 3000 3000

AUGUST 2018

Market Comments

Most of the fertilizers are available in most of the agro dealer outlets. Fertilizer sales have however been low due to reduced farming activities at this time of the year. Wholesale price for urea has reduced slightly but most other fertilizers’ prices have remained the same.

Sales trend (comparisons from July to august)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Mombassa CAN

DAP

Urea

Nairobi DAP

TSP

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

Kisumu CAN

DAP

Urea

Embu CAN

DAP

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug -18
Nairobi com 2288 2288 2300 3150 3150 3150 2975 2975 2975
Embu com 2000 2000 2100 3000 2950 2950 2800 2800 2800
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2600 3400 3300 3400
Kitale com 2200 2050 2050 3200 3000 3000
Kitengela com 2300 2150 2150 3300 3150 3150
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3200 3300 3300
Mombassa com 2500 2500 2300 3200 3200 3300
Thika com 2000 2000 2000 2975 3000 3000

JULY 2018

Market Comments

There have been low fertilizer sales in most regions because planting and top dressing periods are over. Some farmers are changing from coffee planting to Hass avocados for which there is now huge export demand. Unlike coffee trees avocado trees require little maintenance, and their fruit is a good earner. Coffee prices, on the other hand, have gone the wrong way: the price on global markets dropped from about $2.80 a pound in 2011 to about $1.12 currently.

Sales trend (comparisons from June to July)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Mombassa CAN

DAP

Urea

Nairobi DAP

TSP

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

Kisumu CAN

DAP

Urea

Embu CAN

DAP

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18
Nairobi com 2350 2288 2288 3175 3150 3150 3100 2975 2975
Embu com 2000 2000 2100 3000 2950 2950 2800 2800 2800
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2600 3400 3300 3400
Kitale com 2200 2050 2050 3200 3000 3000
Kitengela com 2300 2150 2150 3300 3150 3150
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3200 3300 3300
Mombassa com 2500 2500 2300 3200 3200 3300
Thika com 2000 2000 2000 2975 3000 3000

JUNE 2018

Market Comments 

Due to reduction of rain, most shops recorded increased sales of fertilizers Nitrogenous fertilizers like CAN and UREA because of top dressing during this period. There was a reduction of prices both retail and wholesale on fertilizers.
Traders and National Cereals and Produce Board officials made billions of shillings selling adulterated fertilizer containing glass and rock to farmers. The traders sold the fake fertiliser at Sh3,500 per 50kg bag compared to Sh1,500 per bag which was the subsidy price.

Sales trend (comparisons from May to June)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Mombassa CAN

DAP

Urea

 Nairobi DAP

TSP

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

 Kisumu CAN

DAP

Urea

Embu CAN

DAP

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18 Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18 Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18
Nairobi com 2350 2350 2288 3213 3175 3150 3100 3100 2975
Embu com 2000 2000 2000 3000 3000 2950 2800 2800 2800
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2500 3400 3300 3400
Kitale com 2200 2200 2050 3200 3200 3000
Kitengela com 2300 2300 2150 3300 3300 3150
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300 3200 3300
Mombassa com 2500 2500 2300 3200 3200 3300
Thika com 2000 2000 2000 2975 2975 3000

MAY 2018

Market Comments 

Heavy rains are currently being experienced in the country making it hard for farmers to use fertilizers because of surface runoff of fertilizers. Prices of most of the fertilizers have been constant. Most of the fertilizers are available but the sales are low.
Cereal farmers in the North Rift region have petitioned the government to handover the National Cereals and Produce Board’s (NCPB) functions to the devolved units. They say de-centralization of the agency will safeguard it from mismanagement of funds meant to pay them for their produce and distribution of subsidized farm input.

Sales trend (comparisons from April to May)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Mombassa CAN

DAP

Urea

 Nairobi DAP

TSP

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

 Kisumu CAN

DAP

Urea

Embu CAN

DAP

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18
Nairobi com 2350 2350 2350 3225 3213 3175 3100 3100 3100
Embu com 2300 2000 2000 3050 3000 3000 2800 2800
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2500 3500 3400 3300
Kitale com 2200 2200 2200 3200 3200 3200
Kitengela com 2300 2300 2300 3300 3300 3300
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300 3300 3200
Mombassa com 2500 2500 2500 3300 3200 3200
Thika com 2300 2000 2000 3100 2975 2975

APRIL 2018

Market Comments 

In April, good rains have been experienced in most parts of the country and most agro dealers recorded increase in fertilizer sales volumes. Some farmers in Rift Valley areas are still planting and there is a high demand for DAP.
Subsidized fertilizer has not been available in parts of Rift valley in most of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) stores. There has been an increase in sales of foliar fertilizer sales as it is cheaper compared to basal fertilizers.

Sales trend (comparisons from March to April)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Mombassa CAN

DAP

Urea

 Nairobi DAP

TSP

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

 Kisumu CAN

DAP

Urea

Embu CAN

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