Tanzania

Country Overview

Fertilizer Market

Fertilizer Prices

Market Comments

AUGUST 2021

Market Comments

Fertilizer Prices

Fertilizer prices in Tanzania have increased in line with global trends. The government has, however, undertaken several measures to stabilize local prices. Farmers will now be able to access NPS and NPS Zinc fertilizers at prices that are almost the same as those of 2020 as the government works on an affordable option to boost agricultural production. NPS and NPS Zinc, which are used as substitute for DAP, will now be available at the price of Sh60, 000 and Sh65, 000 per 50-kg bag respectively in Dar es Salaam. However, it is still not clear if traditional farmer demand of DAP will slow down this new push from the government and inform importers to reconsider a DAP cargo. This will be clearer in September.

Fertilizer Availability

Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA) has put a pause on Bulk Procurement System (BPS) in a bid to stabilize local fertilizer prices that have been on a rising trend. BPS was not offering the best fertilizer prices. Doing away with BPS will therefore open doors for individuals and other companies to make fertilizer available to farmers at an affordable price.



JULY 2021

Market Comments

Fertilizer Prices

Global costs and Cost Insurance and Freight rates went higher. At the local market, fertilizer purchasing costs sharply increased starting 2018 when for example DAP was sold at$ 416 per tonne, rising to around $650 in July 2021. Urea prices rose from $359 to $560 per tonne and CAN from $274 to $420 per tonne.
Fertilizer prices remain high in most parts of Tanzania. DAP fertilizer is sold at TSh 75000 for a 50 kg bag in Dar es Salaam and the price has gone up in other regions up to TSh 100,000. In a bid to address the rising prices, the Government has put on hold the Bulk Procurement System (BPS) program to allow for open markets where imports are based on needs. Also, the Government has advised farmers to use NPS and NPSZn products for planting, especially because they are relatively inexpensive compared to DAP. These importations should also be done in bulk to cut on cost. Recently, OCP has been offering NPS into the market from old stock at relatively lower margins than DAP. The Government, on its part, will ensure that shipments are fast cleared at the port to ensure they reach farmers on time.

Fertilizer Availability

With the fertilizer market transforming to an open market after the BPS system was put on hold, dealers and importers in the country are said to be preparing to bring in products especially for the short rain season in September. NPK cargo have been planned for August from Russia for one of the traders. More Urea cargo from Singapore came in July while Yara’s Amidas and NPK is expected at the Dar es Salaam port in mid-August.

Other fertilizer updates

Non-chemical fertilizer gaining ground in Tanzania
Hakika Organic Fertilizer, a locally manufactured, non-chemical fertilizer, was launched mid-July in Tanzania’s Njombe region. The fertilizer encountered enthusiasm and eagerness by extension officers and avocado growers. Industry experts say the new product will improve soil health, promote productivity, and contribute to increasing exports of fruits, greens, and roots.



JUNE 2021

Market Comments

Generally, prices of nitrogen and phosphates fertilizers have been stable albeit at higher levels Year-over-Year (YoY). This has been majorly driven by strong freight assessments caused by rebounding global trade recovery as well as strong demand from traditional global markets namely India and Latin America.

Freight assessments, from East Africa’s main source market, Middle East, have been indicated at upwards of $50 since end of Q1 up from the usual average figure of $30/mt +/-. This holds true for most of the major supply routes globally.

Fertilizer Prices

The prices for fertilizers have been increasing since mid-2020 mainly due to strong demand. The prices for Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) increased by +1.7% while the price for Urea decreased by -7% between March and April 2021. Both DAP and Urea fertilizers showed a similar increase in price trends over the past three months in 2021. A modest increase is forecasted throughout 2021 due to sustained global prices.

Fertilizer Availability

Fertilizer availability has been shaky in June largely due to prolonged tender decisions. TFRA, which is the authority charged with fertilizer procurement through a Bulk Procurement System, held off on deciding when to float the tender.

Initial plans were for the tender to be announced in early June, but this has since been pushed to July with reports of the tender having been cancelled due to the high bid prices submitted. Quantities sought during the latest tender were 21,000mt for DAP and 35,000mt for Urea

Other fertilizer updates

Yara to promote friendly use of fertilizer: YARA Tanzania Limited has reiterated its commitment to work with the government to ensure cotton growers increase production and productivity to raise income and foster cotton raw materials by making full use of fertilizer and following all the guidelines of modern farming. Yara, in collaboration with the Tanzania Cotton Board, established 124 field classes in four regions of Simiyu, Mwanza, Tabora and Geita and its 12 districts for 2020/21 during the agricultural season so that cotton growers can learn, in practice, how best to adapt and use Yara fertilizer following handing over the company 31 bags of planting fertilizer and 31 bags of fertilizer for growth for all class farms.

Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA) set to lure more investors in fertilizer production: TFRA for the first time is set to take part in the 45th edition of Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) to be held from 28th June to 13th July 2021. Being in charge of regulating the manufacturing, importation, marketing and use of fertilizer in the country, TFRA is determined to participate in this year’s DITF themed: Industrial Economy for Sustainable Employment, to showcase its activities and how it can contribute to the government’s industrialization agenda considering the fertilizer sub sector.

Tanzania Targets Becoming the Regional Fertilizer Hub: The government has outlined strategies to turn Tanzania into a fertilizer hub including increasing importation and re-exportation to the East African Community and Southern African Development Community Member States. Apart from increasing the volume of cargo passing in the country, the move is expected to lower fertilizer prices that have skyrocketed by 50 percent in the global market between June 2020 and June 2021.



MAY 2021

Market Comments

Fertilizer Prices

Fertilizer prices in the northern bimodal are low because of low demand since there is no planting taking place. Crops such as maize, sorghum, and millet in these areas are in their final stages of growth, so do not require fertilizers. Fertilizer prices in the southern and central unimodal areas are equally low because most crops such as maize, sorghum, and rice are being harvested so there is low fertilizer demand.

Fertilizer Availability

Fertilizer is available in the country, so no shortages have been reported. Farmers can access fertilizer because no restrictions have been placed in retail shop working hours, like other countries in the region. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to border closure of some countries, Tanzania borders remain open, easing fertilizer transportation.



APRIL 2021

Market Comments

Fertilizer Prices

Following the end of the planting period, fertilizer prices in the northern, southern, and central bimodal areas are low because of low demand. Crops such as maize, sorghum, millet, and rice in these areas are in their growth stages.

Fertilizer Availability

Fertilizer is available in the country and no shortages have been reported. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the border closure of some countries, Tanzania’s borders remain open, easing fertilizer transportation.

Other Key Information

The government of Tanzania is planning to build a 268 m³ water reservoir to irrigate 11,700 hectares of farmland. The project aims at improving farmers’ production within 5 years. The future dam will be built in Kalebe, a village in the Kagera region.



MARCH 2021

Market Comments

Fertilizer Prices

Fertilizer prices in the northern bimodal areas is high because of the planting of major masika cereal crops such as maize, sorghum and millet that began towards the end of February and continued in March. Most fertilizer prices in the Southern and Central unimodal areas of Tanzania are low because currently there is no planting taking place. Planting in these areas was completed in January.

Fertilizer Availability

Fertilizer for the season is available in the country because importers had imported sufficient quantities, and agro dealers stocked enough fertilizer for the planting of masika crops in the northern bimodal area.



FEBRUARY 2021

Market Comments

Fertilizer Prices

Fertilizer prices in the northern bimodal areas is high because of the planting of major masika cereal crops such as maize, sorghum and millet that began towards the end of February. Fertilizer prices in the Southern and Central unimodal areas are low because currently there is no planting taking place. Planting in these areas was completed in January.

Fertilizer Availability

Fertilizer for the season is available in the country because importers already imported and agrodealers stocked enough for the planting of masika crops in the northern bimodal areas of the country.



JANUARY 2021

Market Comments

Fertilizer Prices

Fertilizer prices in the southern and central unimodal areas are high because of the planting of rice that is taking place in January. Prices in the northern parts are however low because currently there is no planting taking place and harvesting of Vuli season maize is also in progress.

Fertilizer Availability

Fertilizer is available in the country because importers have begun importing fertilizer products and agrodealers have also begun stocking them in preparation for the planting of Masika season crops in the bimodal areas which is set to begin in February.



DECEMBER 2020

Market Comments

Fertilizer Prices

Prices remained stable despite high demand that resulted from planting of maize, sorghum and rice which are the major food crops in Tanzania. The government was in control of prices to ensure that farmers are not affected.

Fertilizer Availability

Fertilizer was available in the country throughout the month. Agrodealers had stocked enough fertilizer in preparation for the planting of cereal crops. Most Tanzania business premises were not affected by COVID-19 since the Port of Dar es salaam was open for shipping of fertilizer.

Other Key Information

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed the Ministry of Agriculture to work hard towards improving horticulture production in the country to help the country enhance its economic growth. Majaliwa said this when he addressed the Regional Horticultural Trade and Investment Forum in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. He directed the Ministry of Agriculture to create an authority that will specifically deal with horticulture production and to establish a research center for fruits, vegetables, and spices.

Highlights of 2020 Comments

Fertilizer Prices

During the first quarter, the fertilizer prices were stable. No increase was reported. The COVID-19 pandemic did not affect prices since there was stock from the previous year and, most fertilizers were already in-country and applied or well down the distribution channel before the impact of the pandemic began. At the beginning of the second quarter, fertilizer prices remained stable as the Tanzanian Fertilizer Regulation Authority was on schedule to ensure timely supply.

Towards the end of the second quarter, prices decreased because of low demand. Most crops were being harvested. The third quarter saw further price stability throughout the country because the ministry of agriculture supervised the distribution of free fertilizers by Yara Tanzania Company to all small-scale farmers.

Fertilizer Availability

Fertilizer was available in most months of the year. Tanzanian Fertilizer Regulation Authority ensured timely supply. The Ministry of Agriculture also ensured the distribution of free fertilizers by Yara Tanzania Company to all small-scale farmers. No COVID-19 restrictions were imposed in Tanzania, so fertilizer availability was not affected.

Other Key Information

A U$14 million (over 32.2bn/-) fertilizer manufacturing factory will be built at the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. Negotiations between the government and Morocco-based OCP Africa are at an advanced stage. OCP Tanzania Country Manager said they will manufacture Nitrogen Sulfur and Phosphorus and NSP Zinc fertilizers with high nutrient content suitable for paddy rice production in the seaside district. The plant which will have capacity of over 40,000 metric tons per annum will create thousands of jobs and save the country billions of shillings currently being spent to import artificial fertilizers which local farmers need.

Currently OCP Africa produces different fertilizer that include Urea and DAP which are used by cereal farmers and those engaged in cotton, vegetable, and fruit production, among other commodities. On her part, Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)’s Mlingano Centre researcher, Dr Catherine Senkoro, said TARI will work in partnership with OCP Africa to ensure farmers obtain fertilizer that is suitable for their soil type and crop needs.



NOVEMVER 2020

Market Comments

Planting of msimu/unimodal crops such as maize, sorghum and rice, which are the major food crops in Tanzania, has begun, while vuli/bimodal crops are in various stages of growth.

Government plans to ensure that fertilizers are available throughout the country so that farmers can get them on time. Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority is ensuring that all types of fertilizers—DAP, Urea, SA, and NPK–will be available in all the country’s breadbasket regions, namely Ruvuma, Iringa, Njombe, Mbeya, Songwe, and Rukwa by the end of the year. As of November, they had secured 60% of the country’s fertilizer demand, with plans to reach 80% between February and March 2021.



OCTOBER 2020

Market Comments

Planting of maize in the Vuli/Bimodal areas ended in October. The Ministry of Agriculture is set to supervise the distribution of free fertilizers by Yara Tanzania Company to all small-scale farmers. The Ministry is to ensure that the fertilizer is distributed to the intended people. At least 83,000 small-scale farmers in 25 regions of Mainland Tanzania are set to benefit from the programme. Dar es Salaam Region has been excluded since it has a small number of farmers. Yara is also looking to distribute 2,500 tonnes of NPK fertilisers worth 16.5bn/- which would go to maize and rice farmers. They will also provide the beneficiaries free advice from YARA extension officers to improve crop production.



OCTOBER 2020

Market Comments

Planting of maize in the Vuli/Bimodal areas ended in October. The Ministry of Agriculture is set to supervise the distribution of free fertilizers by Yara Tanzania Company to all small-scale farmers. The Ministry is to ensure that the fertilizer is distributed to the intended people. At least 83,000 small-scale farmers in 25 regions of Mainland Tanzania are set to benefit from the programme. Dar es Salaam Region has been excluded since it has a small number of farmers. Yara is also looking to distribute 2,500 tonnes of NPK fertilisers worth 16.5bn/- which would go to maize and rice farmers. They will also provide the beneficiaries free advice from YARA extension officers to improve crop production.



AUGUST 2020

Market Comments

Some of the adult swarms are starting to mature, suggesting the possibility of a generation of breeding once the short rains start in October. On 22 August, at least one swarm crossed into northeast Uganda and reportedly spread to Moroto, Amudati, Napak districts while another swarm arrived in Southeast South Sudan to the south of Kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria. The swarms are mobile and not expected to mature or breed in either country. In Northeastern Ethiopia, mature swarms from Afar concentrated along a 400 km stretch of the escarpment on the eastern edges of the Amhara and Tigray highlands where egg-laying will cause hopper bands to form. So far, at least one band has formed in Tigray, south of Mekele. Aerial and ground control operations are in progress. Immature swarms persist in the Harar Highlands, in nearby eastern areas, and on the plateau in Northwest Somalia where aerial control operations are in progress using biopesticides. These swarms could mature and eventually breed in areas of rainfall, including the northwest coast where adult groups are present.

Harvesting of 2020 “masika” season crops (maize, sorghum, and millet), planted in March in northern, northeastern, and coastal bi modal rainfall areas continued in August. Some farmers are preparing their lands for the October season. Fertilizer prices − although controlled by government − are currently low. The demand is low as the sales. One Acre Fund (OAF) has floated a tender to procure CAN and NPK 17-17-17 for their Tanzania program. The fertilizer distribution to OAF’s farmers, for the 2021 season, starts around October 1, 2020.



JULY 2020

Market Comments

Seasonal crops such as maize (Vuli/Bimodal), Maize and Sorghum (Msimu/Unimodal), Rice (Msimu/Unimodal) are awaiting their planting seasons. Harvesting of 2020 “masika” season crops (maize, sorghum, and millet), planted in March in northern, northeastern, and coastal bi modal rainfall areas began in July to be extended to August.

Currently there are no fertilizer shortages in the country as the Tanzanian Fertilizer Regulation Authority is on schedule to ensure timely supply.

Most DAP prices remained stable. However, there was a 1% price increase in 1 location.

Most NPK prices remained stable. However, there was an average of 6% price increase in 4 locations.

Most CAN prices remained stable. However, there was a -7% price decrease in 1 location and 12% price increase in 4 locations

Most Urea prices remained stable. However, there was a -3% price decrease in 1 location and 12% price increase in 3 locations.



APRIL 2020

Market Comments

The cropping season in East and Southern Africa occurs from November to April, so most fertilizers were already in-country and applied or well down the distribution channel before the impact of Covid 19 began.

There is adequate stock in the country, so no shortage is expected.



SEPTEMBER 2019

Market Comments

Currently there is low usage of fertilizers in the country as the summer season is ongoing. There is no subsidy but a price directive by the government.
New OCP plant in Tanzania
A U$14 million (over 32.2bn/-) fertilizer manufacturing factory will be built in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam soon as negotiations between the government and Morocco based OCP Africa are at advanced stage. OCP Tanzania country manager said that they will manufacture Nitrogen Sulfur and Phosphorus and NSP Zinc fertilizers with high nutrient content suitable for paddy rice production in the seaside district. The plant which will have capacity of over 40,000 metric tons per annum will create thousands of jobs and save the country billions of shillings currently being spent to import artificial fertilizers which local farmers need.
Currently OCP Africa produces different fertilizer that includes Urea and DAP which are used by cereal farmers and those engaged in cotton, vegetable and fruit production, among other commodities. On her part, Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute’s Mlingano Centre researcher, Dr Catherine Senkoro said TARI will work in partnership with OCP Africa to ensure farmers obtain fertilizer that is suitable for their soil type and crop needs.



AUGUST 2019

Market Comments

Generally, there is low usage of fertilizers this month. According to GIEWS remote sensing analysis and the Tanzania Meteorological Agency, the March‑May rainy season was characterized by inadequate precipitation amounts received over several cropping areas, and cereal production is expected at below‑average levels. Particularly, significant crop production shortfalls are expected in northeastern Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions, where cumulative seasonal rains were about 40 percent below average.
There is no government subsidy on fertilizers but there is a price directive. ETG is the selected company which imports fertilizers. Most imports are done in bulk and distributed across the country.



JULY 2019

Market Comments

The dry season has begun and no much farming is going on. This translates to low usage of fertilizers across the country. There is no government subsisdy on fertilizers but there is a price directive set by the government although price can change depending on the geographical location of the agro dealers. The one company that won the tender is the only importer of fertilizers.



JUNE 2019

Market Comments

There is low usage of fertilizers this month as farmers are harvesting in most parts of the country. There is no government subsidy but there is price directive set by the government. However, the concept of distance to the agro dealer shops is included in the price directive.



MAY 2019

Market Comments

The usage and sales of fertilizer is increasing in the Central and Northern regions as farmers are busy planting. In the Southern and Lake zone regions the usage is low.
There is no government subsidy, but there is price directive to control the market and inflation.



APRIL 2019

Market Comments

Farmers are still waiting for the rains in Tanzania. The usage of fertilizer in April is low due to the shortage of rains in the country.
The price of fertilizers is still high because of imported costs. There is no government subsidy, but there is price directive by government.



MARCH 2019

Market Comments

The planting season is ongoing and fertilizer demand is high across the country. There is no government subsidy on fertilizers but there is price directive. The high fertilizer prices were attributed to high cost of fertilizer import.



FEBRUARY 2019

Market Comments

The usage of fertilizer in this month is very high because it is the rainy season and farmers are planting. The demand of Urea is quite high now because farmers are planting rice which uses a lot of Urea.
The government of Tanzania still applies price directive, although some agrodealers don’t follow this order and give their own prices.
Tanzania government through government procurement system announced tender for only one company to import once in bulk then other companies purchase and distribute around the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Arusha com 60000 50000 50000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 42000 41000 38500 33000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 48000 47000 50000 62000 61000 61000 45000 39000 40000
Njombe com 40000 42000 41000 67000 67500 31000 35000 34000
Tarime com 55000 55000 62000

JANUARY 2019

Market Comments

This month registered high usage of fertilizers in the Southern part of the country where planting is going on. The demand in other areas is low especially in Central region where planting is yet to start. The price of fertilizer this January is still high because of import cost.
There is no government subsidy, but there is a price directive by the government. The government policy on fertilizer in Tanzania is importing in bulk, and the government also sets prices.

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Arusha com 60000 50000 50000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 42000 41000 38500 33000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 48000 47000 50000 62000 61000 61000 45000 39000 40000
Njombe com 40000 42000 41000 67000 67500 31000 35000 34000
Tarime com 55000 55000 62000

DECEMBER 2018

Market Comments

The usage of fertilizer in this month is still low in the central country regions. In Northern region there is no significant change in prices or demand.
There is no government subsidy but there is directive price. This month of December has recorded high import cost that has resulted in increased fertilizer prices. However, the government still has the directive policy on fertilizer prices. This has discouraged the agro dealers who are stating low profits.

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Arusha com 60000 50000 50000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 42000 41000 38500 33000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 48000 47000 50000 62000 61000 61000 45000 39000 40000
Njombe com 40000 42000 41000 67000 67500 31000 35000 34000
Tarime com 55000 55000 62000

NOVEMBER 2018

Market Comments

The usage of fertilizer in November is still low in the central region because of the low rainfall in the region. In northern region, the demand is high compared to last month due to the high rainfall experienced in the month. The government subsidized price on the fertilizers is yet to be effected but there is directive price as a government policy across the country. This has however discouraged many agro-dealers from stocking fertilizers because of the low profits.

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Arusha com 60000 50000 50000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 42000 41000 38500 33000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 48000 47000 50000 62000 61000 61000 45000 39000 40000
Njombe com 40000 42000 41000 67000 67500 31000 35000 34000
Tarime com 55000 55000 62000

OCTOBER 2018

Market Comments

The fertilizer usage this October is still less due to dry season. The Government still has the directive price for DAP and Urea while other fertilizers are in open market.

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Aug -18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Oct -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Oct -18
Arusha com 50000 60000 50000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 40000 42000 41000 38000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 50000 48000 47000 62000 61000 40000 45000 39000
Njombe com 44000 40000 42000 67000 67000 34000 31000 35000
Tarime com 48000 55000 62000

SEPTEMBER 2018

Market Comments
Tanzania Fertilizer Regulation Authority (TFRA) is the government authority that monitors the fertilizer market. Government still has set prices for DAP and Urea. The government has also directed the importation of Urea and DAP in bulk.
Swiss Singapore Tanzania Ltd and OCP Morocco won the TFRA tender to import Urea and DAP respectively


Sales trend (comparisons from to June to July)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18
Arusha com 48000 50000 60000 47000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 41500 40000 42000 33000 38000 33000
Mvomero com 45000 50000 48000 58000 62000 40000 45000
Njombe com 45500 44000 40000 67000 67000 36000 34000 31000
Tarime com 53000 48000 62000 62000

AUGUST 2018

Market Comments
Fertilizer prices have been stable over the period due to the presence of large stock by the big suppliers in the country. The low demand of the same fertilizers is due to the ongoing harvesting translating to low volume of sales.
Government has announced a fertilizer tender for the year 2018-2019 in order to get a company that will import fertilizers for the coming season. The company name is yet to be made public.


Sales trend (comparisons from to June to July)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug-18 Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug-18 Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug-18
Arusha com 50000 48000 50000 47000 47000 40000
Morogoro com 41500 41500 40000 33000 33000 38000
Mvomero com 44000 45000 50000 62000 58000 40000
Njombe com 45500 45500 44000 67000 67000 67000 36000 36000 34000
Tarime com 51000 53000 48000 62000 62000 62000

JULY 2018

Market Comments
In July, the fertilizer sales trend is still showing a decrease due to the current harvesting period. The government policy on fertilizer in Tanzania still has directive price, therefore the government has announced fertilizer tender for the year of 2018-2019 in order to get a company that will import fertilizer for the coming season. The company that will supply fertilizer under the tender will be announced soon.


Sales trend (comparisons from to June to July)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18
Arusha com 50000 50000 48000 45000 47000 47000
Morogoro com 41500 41500 41500 35000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 44000 44000 45000 58000 62000 58000
Njombe com 45500 45500 45500 67000 67000 67000 36000 36000 36000
Tarime com 53000 51000 53000 63000 62000 62000

JUNE 2018

Market Comments 
In June, the harvesting season is ongoing thus low usage in fertilizers and the decreasing trend in fertilizer sales during this period
The government policy on fertilizer in Tanzania still has directive on price, thus it has announced fertilizer tender for the year of 2018-2019, in order to get a company that will import fertilizer for the coming season.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and Export Trading Group (ETG) have signed a financial agreement worth $ 100 million loan to finance support agriculture on the African continent. The cash will also be used to support fertilizer projects in Kenya and Zambia and help reinforce the processing Plants in Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Togo, Ethiopia, Benin, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Uganda among other nations.


Sales trend (comparisons from to May to June)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18 Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18 Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18
Arusha com 44000 50000 50000 40000 45000 47000
Morogoro com 41000 41500 41500 35000 35000 33000
Mvomero com 44000 55000 58000 58000 62000
Njombe com 45500 45500 45500 67000 67000 67000 36000 36000 36000
Tarime com 51000 53000 51000 63000 62000 62000

MAY 2018

Market Comments 

In May, there has been a decrease in usage of DAP fertilizers due to the ongoing flooding. For some areas in Arusha region, crops have been severely affected by flooding. Most of the crops are at the top dressing stage with long-rain season getting to an end.


Sales trend (comparisons from to April to May)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 May -18
Arusha com 44000 50000 40000 40000 45000
Morogoro com 41000 41500 35000 35000
Mvomero com 44000 60000 58000 58000
Njombe com 48000 45500 45500 66000 67000 67000 36000 36000 36000
Tarime com 56000 51000 53000 61000 63000 62000

APRIL 2018

Market Comments 

Currently, the price for CAN has dropped to Tsh.41, 500 per 50 kg bag while the prices for DAP and Urea are still the same as that of March. There is price subsidy on the DAP and Urea Fertilizers. The long rain season is currently ongoing and farmers are topdressing their crops.


Sales trend (comparisons from to March to April)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18
Arusha com 50000 44000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 48000 41000 33000 35000
Mvomero com 49000 65000 60000 58000 45000
Njombe com 48500 48000 45500 66000 66000 67000 39000 36000 36000
Tarime com 58500 56000 51000 61000 61000 63000

MARCH 2018

Market Comments 

In March, there has been a shortage of Urea in certain regions of the country. Some of the agro-dealers with Urea stocks were not willing to sell it separately but combined with other products such as SA, CAN and DAP.
Planting for main cropping season has started, main crops include sunflower, maize, rice and beans. DAP and Urea fertilizers indicative prices are set by the government under the BPS but there is limited availability as most of the agro-dealers are not selling the fertilizers because of low margins.
In addition, there is big supply of BPS fertilizers at the importer level as agro-dealers are not willing to buy the commodity causing farmers to plant without fertilizers.


Sales trend (comparisons from to February to March)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18
Arusha com 56000 50000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 42000 48000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 45000 49000 62000 65000 60000 45000 45000
Njombe com 47000 48500 48000 66000 66000 66000 38000 39000 36000
Tarime com 58000 58500 56000 61000 61000 61000

FEBRUARY 2018

Market Comments 

There has been a shortage of Urea and DAP fertilizers especially in the southern region of the country. The selling price of Urea and DAP are set by the government under the Bulk Procurement System (BPS). In the current season, there has been increase in the price of Urea by $124 per ton compared to the previous season. Tanzania Fertilizer Company (TFC) was awarded the tender of importing fertilizers during this season. It’s the currently the planting phase of maize, rice and horticultural crops.


Sales trend (comparisons from January to February)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Mbeya CAN

NPK 17 17 17

Arusha Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Morogoro CAN

NPK 15 9 20

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Ammonium sulphate
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18 Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18 Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18
Arusha com 60000 56000 50000 40000 40000 40000
Morogoro com 42000 42000 48000 33000 33000 33000
Mvomero com 48000 45000 49000 62000 62000 35000 45000 45000 45000
Njombe com 40000 47000 48500 66000 66000 31000 38000 39000
Tarime com 58000 58500 61000 61000

JANUARY 2018

Market Comments 

The rainy season has started and the demand for fertilizers is very high but farmers have to travel longer distances to hub agro-dealers (wholesalers) to access fertilizers. Most of the retail agro-dealers are not handling DAP and Urea fertilizers due to price controls set by the government that do not allow them to make profit margins.


Sales trend (comparisons from December to January)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

CAN

Price trends over the past 3 months

CAN NPK 17 17 17 Urea 46%
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18 Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18 Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18
Mbeya com 44500 56000
sub 41000
Morogoro com 42000 42000
sub 38464 38200
Mvomero com 48000 45000 62000 62000
sub 38500

DECEMBER 2017

Market Comments 

Although the demand for fertilizers was high, supply of DAP and Urea was low at the retail agro-dealer level. Input retailers have not purchased from the wholesalers where the supply is high because the set market price by the government for DAP and Urea, does not allow profitable margins.

Most retail agro-dealers have sold other fertilizers that are more profitable than DAP and Urea. According to agro-dealers in the Southern and Northern regions there was improvement in sales in December compare to last month. Meanwhile, agro-dealers in central Tanzania are waiting for the next season.


Sales trend (comparisons from November to December)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Eldoret Minjingu rock Phosphate

Niombe Ammonium Sulphate

Price trends over the past 3 months

DAP Urea 46%
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Oct -17 Nov -17 Dec -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Dec -17
Mbeya com 54000
Songea com 54000 49000 49000
Sumbawanga com 56000 56800 44000 44000

NOVEMBER 2017

Market Comments 

The bulk procurement system is now proceeding smoothly with the Government sending out indicative selling prices at all levels, farm gate and town.

The rainy season has begun in the Southern highlands with increased sales of fertilizer, given that planting is beginning this month.


Sales trend (comparisons from October to November)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Songea CAN

DAP

Urea

 Sumbawanga DAP

Price trends over the past 3 months

DAP Urea 46%
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Sep -17 Oct -17 Nov -17
Mbeya com 55000 54000 45000 42000 54000
Songea com 54000 54000 42000 49000
Sumbawanga com 65000 56000 56800 47000 44000

OCTOBER 2017

Market Comments 

The planting season for the short rain season has just begun, fertilizer sales are on the increase.  Recommended prices are almost the same in most areas as government has resolved to make bulk procurement for DAP, UREA and CAN this year. Some Hub agro dealers have resorted to retail sales instead of wholesale as they have not been paid for participating in the subsidy distribution two years ago.


Sales trend (Comparisons from September to October)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

Mbeya CAN

DAP

Urea

 Sumbawanga DAP

Price trends over the past 2 months

CAN DAP Urea 46%
TZS/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17
Mbeya com 42000 45000 55000 54000 45000 42000
Songea com 42000 54000 42000
Sumbawanga com 46000 65000 56000 47000
Publications

Tanzania Fertilizer Statistics Overview 2014         2016 Joint CountrySTAT KE_TZ_ET FTWG Workshop Report         2014 Kenya &Tanzania FTWG Workshop Meeting minutes (23-25 June 2014)  Tanzania - Fertilizer Market Assessment (IFDC AFAP, June 2012)    An Action Plan for Developing Sustainable Agricultural Input Supply Systems in Tanzania