Kenya

Country Overview

Fertilizer Market

Fertilizer Prices

Market Comments

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

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

DAP

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18
Nairobi com 2350 2350 2350 3225 3225 3000 3100 3100 3100
Embu com 2400 2300 2000 3100 3050 3000 3100 2800
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2500 3500 3500 3400
Kitale com 2200 2200 2200 3200 3200 3200
Kitengela com 2600 2300 2300 3500 3300 3300
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300 3300 3300
Mombassa com 2500 2500 2500 3300 3300 3200
Thika com 2300 2300 2000 3100 3100 2975

MARCH 2018

Market Comments 

In March, most of the agro dealers recorded increased sales due to the ongoing planting season, however the price of fertilizers did not increase significantly. In some areas, there was an increase in sale of topdressing fertilizers as some of the farmers have already completed the first weeding.
The KTDA fertilizer tender was announced end of February for 88,705t NPK 26:5:5. Some of the companies interested in the tender include Kingenta, Indagro, Mekatrade/Uralchem, Yara and Ameropa.
The National Cereals and Produce Board has received 1.2 million bags of subsidized fertilizer while 300,000 bags are at the Port of Mombasa. Maize farmers in the Rift Valley region are already accessing the government subsidized fertilizer. Planting and top dressing fertilizer is being sold at Sh1,500 and Ammonium Sulphate at Sh1,300. There has been a reduction in the selling price of subsidized fertilizer by 33.3% compared to 2017. This is due to a Presidential directive to reduce the price so that more farmers would afford to buy fertilizer and hence increase productivity.


Sales trend (comparisons from February to March)

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 Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18
Nairobi com 2350 2350 3225 3225 3100 3100
Embu com 2400 2400 2300 3050 3100 3050 3000 3100
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2500 3400 3500 3500
Kitale com 2100 2200 2200 3100 3200 3200
Kitengela com 2600 2600 2300 3500 3500
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3300 3300 3300
Mombassa com 2400 2500 2500 3300 3300 3300
Thika com 2200 2300 2300 3250 3100 3100

FEBRUARY 2018

Market Comments 

There has been an increase in the retail price for most fertilizers. Most of the agro dealers have recorded increased DAP sales because of upcoming planting season. In Makueni, Machakos and Kitui, beans have been harvested but maize dried up before maturity due to poor rains. While in Mwea few farmers near the rivers are planting rice but others were waiting for an increase in water levels in the rivers. In wheat growing areas most farmers have already harvested.
In 2018, the subsidy is 115,700mt consisting of 60,00mt DAP, 50,700mt CAN, 5,000 NPK 17:17:17 and 3,700mt of locally sourced blends. The imported products are currently at Mombasa port and all products are expected to be disbursed to NCPB depots by early March.


Sales trend (comparisons from January to February)

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

NPK 17 17 17

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18 Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18 Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18
Nairobi com 2317 2350 3167 3225 3120 3100
Embu com 2400 2400 2400 3000 3050 3100 3100 3000 3100
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2500 3400 3400 3500
Kitale com 2000 2100 2200 3100 3100 3200
Kitengela com 2500 2600 2600 3500 3500 3500 3500
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3500 3300 3300 3300 3200
Mombassa com 2400 2400 2500 3300 3300 3300
Thika com 2100 2200 2300 3500 3250 3100 2900

JANUARY 2018

Market Comments 

Most of the agro-dealers recorded reduced fertilizer sales. Some of the shops have reduced stocks but fertilizer prices have remained unchanged in most of the shops.


Sales trend (comparisons from December to January)

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

NPK 17 17 17

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18 Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18 Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18
Nairobi com 2317 2317 3166 3167 3100 3120
Embu com 2400 2400 2400 3000 3000 3050 3100 3100 3000
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2500 3400 3400 3400
Kitale com 2000 2000 2100 3100 3100 3100
Kitengela com 2500 2500 2600 3500 3500 3500 3500 3500
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3500 3500 3300 3300 3300 3200
Mombassa com 2400 2400 2400 3300 3300 3300
Thika com 2100 2100 2200 3500 3500 3250 2900 2900

DECEMBER 2017

Market Comments 

Most of the shops recorded reduced fertilizer sales because the season is almost over. Also, wholesale prices for most of fertilizers have reduced.


Sales trend (comparisons from November to December)

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

NPK 17 17 17

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Oct -17 Nov -17 Dec -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Dec -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Dec -17
Nairobi com 2320 2317 2317 3140 3166 3167 3050 3100 3120
Embu com 2400 2400 2400 3000 3000 3000 3150 3100 3100
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2500  3400 3400 3400
Kitale com 2000 2000 2000 3100 3100 3100
Kitengela com 2500 2500 2500 3500 3500 3500 3500 3500 3500
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3500 3500 3500 3300 3300 3300
Mombassa com 2400 2400 2400 3300 3300 3300 3100
Thika com 2100 2100 2100 3500 3500 3500 2900 2900 2900

NOVEMBER 2017

Market Comments 

More fertilizer retail shops have re-stocked due to the ongoing planting season. Most shops recorded increased fertilizer sales especially DAP and compound fertilizers used for planting.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from October to November)

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

NPK 17 17 17

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Sep -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Sep -17 Oct -17 Nov -17
Nairobi com 2300 2320 2317 3150 3140 3167 3050 3100 3120
Embu com 2400 2400 2400 2900 3000 3000 3500 3150 3100
Kisumu com 2500 2500 2500  3400 3400 3400
Kitale com 2150 2000 2000 3150 3100 3100
Kitengela com 2500 2500 2500 3500 3500 3500 3500 3500 3500
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 2500 3500 3500 3500 3500 3300 3300
Mombassa com 2400 2400 2400 3300 3300 3300 3100
Thika com 2000 2100 2100 2800 3500 3500 2800 2900 2900

OCTOBER 2017

Market Comments 

With the onset of the rains most retail shops have restocked most of the fertilizers in preparation of the 2nd planting season.

 


Sales trend (Comparisons from September to October)

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

NPK 17 17 17

Kitale CAN

DAP

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 2 months

CAN DAP NPK 17 17 17
KES/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17
Nairobi com 2300 2320 3150 3140 3050 3100
Embu com 2400 2400 2900 3000 3500 3150
Kisumu com 2500 2500  3400 3400
Kitale com 2150 2000 3150 3100
Kitengela com 2500 2500 3500 3500 3500 3500
Loitoktok com 2500 2500 3500 3500 3500 3300
Mombassa com 2400 2400 3300 3300 3100
Thika com 2000 2100 2800 3500 2800 2900

SEPTEMBER 2017

Market Comments

Retail fertilizer prices have declined for most fertilizers. Most retailers replenished most of their fertilizer stocks in preparation for the 2nd planting season. Subsidized fertilizers are currently not available.


Sales Trend (Comparisons from August to September)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend 

Mombasa CAN

DAP

Urea

Nairobi DAP

MOP

Triple superphosphate

NPK 17 17 17

Urea

 Kisumu CAN

DAP

Urea

Eldoret CAN

DAP

Urea

 Kitale CAN

NPK 17 17 17

DAP

Urea


Publications

Kenya Fertilizer Statistics Overview 2014        2016 Joint CountrySTAT KE_TZ_ET FTWG Workshop Report       FUBC Kenya final report 2015        Kenya - Fertilizer Market Assessment (IFDC AFAP, June 2012)         Soil Suitability Evaluation for Maize Prod. in Kenya                    Africa Soil Health Consortium - May 2014 newsletter