Zambia

Country Overview

Fertilizer Market

Fertilizer Prices

Market Comments

NOVEMBER 2018

Market Comments

The farming season has started slowly this year as the rainfall pattern is unpredictable as most parts have not received rains up till now. Commercial farmers are busy preparing and stocking the farm inputs as they wait for the rains while small scale farmers as usual are waiting until the rains fall. Most of the farmers are now planning to plant more of Soya beans and less of maize. This is mainly because of the attractive high price of soya offered by buyers this year. There is also another group which is buying more of maize seed saying too much of soya may flood the market and it may affect the price in the next season. The process of the subsidized fertilizers by government has started. Farmers have started depositing k400 towards it as the government also puts in k1700.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Nov-18
Chibombo com 278 319 312 263 310 302
sub 53 72 72 45 72 72
Chipata com 273 311 311 285 310 310
sub 51 73 73 57 73 73
Kabwe com 263 318 318 258 321 321
sub 56 78 78 56 79 79
Kapiri Mposhi com 273 325 316 259 305 305
sub 57 84 80 51 71 71
Kitwe com 295 324 324 285 300 300
sub 57 84 84 53 73 73
Lusaka com 273 308 313 255 305 305
sub 62 76 78 49 73 73
Mkushi com 268 317 317 268 309 304
sub 51 84 84 49 75 75
Petauke com 265 319 319 263 299 299
sub 49 78 78 56 70 70

OCTOBER 2018

Market Comments

Fertilizer sales this month have improved tremendously. Most farmers have bought fertilizer for this coming season. Some farmers are hoarding last year’s produce waiting for the prices of maize to go up and that’s when they will buy the inputs.
Currently fertilizer prices are ranging from K300-K385 for a 50 kg bag depending on the region. Those farmers who kept their harvest waiting for prices, are now forced to sell the crop to buy what they can now. Most of the maize is now being sold to millers at around K80-K85 per 50 kg bag.
The talk about affordable fertilizer from Government (FISP) is there but not clear as to when it would start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Aug -18 Sep-18 Oct -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Oct -18
Chibombo com 278 278 319 263 263 310
sub 53 53 72 45 45 72
Chipata com 273 273 311 285 285 310
sub 51 51 73 57 57 73
Kabwe com 267 263 318 267 258 321
sub 56 56 78 56 56 79
Kapiri Mposhi com 268 273 325 258 259 305
sub 60 57 84 53 51 71
Kitwe com 295 295 324 285 285 300
sub 57 57 84 53 53 73
Lusaka com 270 273 308 255 255 305
sub 55 62 76 49 49 73
Mkushi com 268 268 317 268 268 309
sub 51 51 84 49 49 75
Petauke com 265 265 319 263 263 299
sub 49 49 78 56 56 70

SEPTEMBER 2018

Market Comments

The government has not come out especially on the mode of redeeming subsidized inputs for small scale farmers and it has created a lot of speculations. This is so because there are more rumors surrounding the same as it was announced that in September distribution will start but so far nothing has happened.
Most shops have not gotten fertilizers and seeds due to failure to meet certain contractual obligations for the suppliers, like clearing the outstanding debts for the last season. Most agrodealers across the country have defaulted in paying back the suppliers, cutting off most of them out of the business. Thus, few shops can order on cash basis.


Sales trend (comparisons from June to July)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Sep -18
Chibombo com 278 278 278 263 263 263
sub 53 53 53 45 45 45
Chipata com 273 273 273 285 285 285
sub 51 51 51 57 57 57
Kabwe com 267 267 263 267 267 258
sub 56 56 56 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 278 268 273 265 258 259
sub 60 60 57 53 53 51
Kitwe com 295 295 295 285 285 285
sub 57 57 57 53 53 53
Lusaka com 270 270 273 255 255 255
sub 55 55 62 49 49 49
Mkushi com 268 268 268 268 268 268
sub 51 51 51 49 49 49
Petauke com 265 265 265 263 263 263
sub 49 49 49 56 56 56

AUGUST 2018

Market Comments

This month, most farmers have sold their produce and started preparing for the next farming season thus increasing sales. About three quarters of the farmers have started buying Urea in advance as they claim it runs out most during peak season. K70.00 per 50kg bag is the price. But most of the farmers have already sold their maize to either Millers or any other buyers who are offering better prices up to K85.00 per bag. Most of the shops have started stocking fertilizers and maize seed as farmers are buying the same in readiness for the coming farming season. The number of farmers to access fertilizer using e- vouchers has reduced since they say 40% of the fertilizer will be distributed by government through Dacos in the affected areas.
The Ministry of Agriculture announced that the Farmer Input Support Programme will this year start in September 2018 which is a good sign and commitment and have also increased the number of beneficiaries in this programme by 6 packs per cooperative. This means the number of farmers has gone up. Most Agro dealers however, need education on this programme as they show signs of suspicion.
The Government announced that areas where we had difficulties in accessing FISIP inputs due to network, lack of Knowledge in ICT AND Transport will revert to the old type of distributing inputs by government without using E-Vouchers. This means some Agro dealers in such areas are affected business wise as they started the business basing on the system (e- voucher system of redeeming inputs).


Sales trend (comparisons from June to July)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 Aug -18
Chibombo com 280 278 278 270 263 263
sub 47 53 53 48 45 45
Chipata com 280 273 273 285 285 285
sub 57 51 51 57 57 57
Kabwe com 270 267 267 267 267 267
sub 62 56 56 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 265 278 268 258 265 258
sub 56 60 60 52 53 53
Kitwe com 295 295 295 285 285 285
sub 57 57 57 53 53 53
Lusaka com 275 270 270 260 255 255
sub 66 55 55 56 49 49
Mkushi com 278 268 268 268 268 268
sub 51 51 51 49 49 49
Petauke com 270 265 265 263 263 263
sub 53 49 49 56 56 56

JULY 2018

Market Comments

The sales this month are low as demand has not yet gone up. Maize which demands more fertilizer input is mostly seasonal in Zambia, very few areas in the country grow winter maize and still not on large scale. Most of the maize grown this time is mostly sold fresh per cob, some areas can’t grow the winter maize due to insufficient water levels in their farmlands, while in others areas there is no demand for the commodity. The Government announced that areas where there were difficulties accessing FISP inputs due to network, lack of Knowledge in ICT and transport and will revert to the old type of distributing inputs by government without using E-Vouchers. This means some Agro dealers in such areas will be affected business wise as they started their businesses basing on the system (e- voucher system of redeeming inputs).


Sales trend (comparisons from June to July)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18 May -18 Jun -18 Jul -18
Chibombo com 280 280 278 270 270 263
sub 47 47 53 48 48 45
Chipata com 280 280 273 285 285 285
sub 57 57 51 57 57 57
Kabwe com 270 270 267 267 267 267
sub 62 62 56 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 265 265 278 258 258 265
sub 56 56 60 52 52 53
Kitwe com 295 295 295 285 285 285
sub 76 57 57 53 53 53
Lusaka com 275 275 270 260 260 255
sub 66 66 55 56 56 49
Mkushi com 278 278 268 268 268 268
sub 51 51 51 49 49 49
Petauke com 270 270 265 263 263 263
sub 53 53 49 56 56 56

JUNE 2018

Market Comments 

Fertilizer sales this month have been so low. Most of the agro dealers have not re-stocked on fertilizers due to the low demand for the commodity. In certain vegetable growing areas, fertilizers are stocked regularly especially in areas along the line of rail, where there is a high population.

There is a high demand for vegetable fertilizers but the quantities are low compared to maize fertilizer volumes. Most of the shops visited in Mkushi, Serenje Kapiri Mposhi,Ndola,Solwezi and Choma don’t stock fertilizers due to low demand.
Most farmers are currently harvesting Maize, Soya beans and groundnuts. Others are already selling output to buy inputs for the next farming seasons that starts in September.

This year Maize and Soya bean prices are better compared to last year: soya from k1.100/ kg to k4.50 and Maize from k60.00 to k75.00 /50 kg bag.

The Government announced that areas where we had difficulties in 2018 accessing FISP inputs due to network, lack of Knowledge in ICT and transport will revert to the old type of distributing inputs by the government without using E-Vouchers thus farmers will get the inputs without any delays.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from May to June)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18 Apr -18 May -18 Jun -18
Chibombo com 280 280 280 270 270 270
sub 47 47 47 48 48 48
Chipata com 290 280 280 285 285 285
sub 57 57 57 57 57 57
Kabwe com 270 270 270 267 267 267
sub 62 62 62 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 270 265 265 264 258 258
sub 56 56 56 52 52 52
Kitwe com 295 295 295 285 285 285
sub 76 57 57 53 53 53
Lusaka com 275 275 275 260 260 260
sub 66 66 66 56 56 56
Mkushi com 278 278 278 268 268 268
sub 51 51 51 49 49 49
Petauke com 270 270 270 263 263 263
sub 53 53 53 56 56 56

MAY 2018

Market Comments 

In May, fertilizer sales have been low. Crops such as maize which consume large volumes of fertilizer are mostly grown during the rainy season (November to March) annually. Currently maize being fertilized is grown on small land sizes it has to be irrigated mechanically or manually. Thus very few farmers can manage to grow maize under such conditions.
As usual this is the period when most vegetables are grown and both foliar and granular Fertilizers are used in small quantities. The vegetables are grown and consumed mostly along the line of rail because that’s where the population density is high. In other Districts vegetables are grown but on small scale due to low demand as the populations is low, this includes areas such as Eastern Zambia Parts of Southern, Western and Northwestern province.
Some parts of the country are experiencing some rains this month and this may adversely affect the crops like maize and soya beans especially Central Luapula, Lusaka and Northwestern Provinces which are ready for harvest and the continued rains may lead to rotting of the harvest. Most farmers have already harvested soybeans but lack good storage while waiting for moisture content to stabilize to normal.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from April to May)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Mar -18 Apr -18 Mai -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 Mai -18
Chibombo com 280 280 280 270 270 270
sub 47 47 47 48 48 48
Chipata com 290 290 280 285 285 285
sub 57 57 57 79 57 57
Kabwe com 270 270 270 267 267 267
sub 71 62 62 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 278 270 265 268 264 258
sub 58 55 56 50 51 52
Kitwe com 295 295 295 285 285 285
sub 76 57 57 53 53 53
Lusaka com 275 275 275 260 260 260
sub 66 66 66 56 56 56
Mkushi com 275 280 278 265 270 268
sub 66 46 51 48 50 49
Petauke com 280 280 270 268 268 263
sub 57 53 53 56 56 56

APRIL 2018

Market Comments 

In April, fertilizer sales were low as the crops that demand more fertilizers like maize are almost being harvested. Granular fertilizers are not sold in large quantities as the crops grown this time are mainly vegetables mostly under irrigation. Generally vegetables prices have gone up since most crop was spoiled during drought period creating a short supply.
Sales volumes this season are low due to Poor rainfall pattern, army worm attack, and late activation of FISP Cards.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from March to April)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Apr -18
Chibombo com 280 280 280 270 270 270
sub 47 47 47 48 48 48
Chipata com 290 290 290 285 285 285
sub 57 57 57 79 57 57
Kabwe com 270 270 270 267 267 267
sub 71 62 62 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 278 278 270 268 268 264
sub 58 55 56 50 51 52
Kitwe com 295 295 295 285 285 285
sub 76 57 57 53 53 53
Lusaka com 275 275 275 260 260 260
sub 66 66 66 56 56 56
Mkushi com 275 280 278 265 270 268
sub 66 46 51 48 50 49
Petauke com 280 280 270 268 268 263
sub 57 53 53 56 56 56

MARCH 2018

Market Comments 

Sales this month were low as the most of the rain fed crops had already been fertilized or abandoned due to the drought experienced in January and part of February.
The rainy season is expected to end towards the end of March thus the only fertilizers being sold during this period are for foliar crops (soya beans and tomatoes) and vegetables (cabbage tomato, cucumber, green pepper and green beans). Notably very low volumes are used to grow beans and tomatoes, cowpeas etc. Large volumes of granular fertilizers are used for Maize which is a staple food in Zambia as this is eaten every day in every home.
About 85% of the e-voucher cards were activated with a few having issues of either blocked or lost pin numbers. The government has taken note of such cards in every district and have arranged with two agro dealers in each District to give the farmers in this category the required inputs and then claim from the government on the cost incurred.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from February to March)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18 Jan -18 Feb -18 Mar -18
Chibombo com 280 280 280 270 270 270
sub 66 47 47 48 48 48
Chipata com 290 290 290 285 285 285
sub 84 57 57 79 79 57
Kabwe com 270 270 270 267 267 267
sub 71 71 62 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 280 278 278 271 268 268
sub 62 58 55 51 50 51
Kitwe com 295 295 295 285 285 285
sub 76 76 57 53 53 53
Lusaka com 275 275 275 260 260 260
sub 66 66 66 56 56 56
Mkushi com 280 275 280 270 265 270
sub 68 66 46 50 48 50
Petauke com 280 280 280 268 268 268
sub 60 57 53 56 56 56

FEBRUARY 2018

Market Comments 

In February, there have been poor fertilizer sales due to no rains in January and low e-voucher cards activation. Most of the maize planted has wilted due to lack of rains in most parts of the country, the current fertilizer sales were from redeemed activated e-voucher cards and only Urea was being purchased as surviving maize is currently being top-dressed.
Also closure of most markets in the capital city (Lusaka) and Copperbelt due to the Cholera outbreak has reduced farmer purchasing power as most farmer sell their produce in these two major cities. In addition, the unpredictable rain pattern has affected purchase of other inputs such as early maturing varieties that could have been planted in the early days of January.
Some farmers who redeemed subsidized fertilizers are keeping it for next farming season. Most seed companies have collected the maize seed they supplied to Agro dealers as there has been no sales during this period of drought and no more planting could be done unless under irrigation.
The government disbursed over K23 million to settle the outstanding balance for the farmers that sold their maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) in Northern Province last year.
Generally most of the farmers have lost their crop due to the drought as well as the fall army worm and stock borer which has negatively affected farming this season.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from January to February)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18 Dec -17 Jan -18 Feb -18
Chibombo com 280 280 280 270 270 270
sub 66 66 47 48 48 48
Chipata com 290 290 290 285 285 285
sub 84 96 57 79 79 79
Kabwe com 270 270 270 262 267 267
sub 71 71 71 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 266 280 278 255 271 268
sub 70 62 58 50 51 50
Kitwe com 295 295 295 285 285 285
sub 76 76 76 53 53 53
Lusaka com 275 275 275 260 260 260
sub 66 66 66 56 56 56
Mkushi com 270 280 275 245 270 265
sub 68 68 66 50 50 48
Petauke com 278 280 280 255 268 268
sub 69 60 57 56 56 56

JANUARY 2018

Market Comments 

Fertilizer sales where high in the month of January throughout the country. This is the period when most e-vouchers cards were activated as the excise started late. Most farmers even those not buying subsidy bought their inputs at this time. Most parts of the country have had no rains since the start of January 2018.
Some farmers on government subsidy whose cards were not yet ready opted to buy cash as waiting for the activation of government vouchers would delay their farming programs.
FISP will continue to be run on cost sharing basis between the beneficiary farmers and the Government. The targeted small scale commercially orientated farmers will contribute 19% of the total value of the e-Voucher which is ZMK2, 100 while the government will top-up the balance.
In making the subsidy program climate-smart, the government introduced the Weather Index Insurance for all FISP beneficiaries in which 4.8% of the farmer contribution will go towards paying for the Crop Insurance Premium. The Weather Index Insurance is a form of Crop Micro Insurance designed in such a manner that farmers receive automatic payouts in case of bad weather conditions that affect their crops.
Total number of beneficiaries has also been reduced from 1.6M to 1M farmers. Some farmers who were not eligible for the e-voucher program included salaried employees either in the public or private sector.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from December to January)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18 Nov -17 Dec -17 Jan -18
Chibombo com 280 280 280 270 270 270
sub 66 66 66 48 48 48
Chipata com 290 290 290 285 285 285
sub 84 84 96 79 79 79
Kabwe com 275 270 270 243 262 267
sub 71 71 71 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 274 266 280 241 255 271
sub 70 70 62 53 50 51
Kitwe com 270 295 295 250 285 285
sub 76 76 76 53 53 53
Lusaka com 270 275 275 250 260 260
sub 66 66 66 56 56 56
Mkushi com 280 270 280 270 245 270
sub 66 68 68 48 50 50
Petauke com 278 278 280 250 255 268
sub 69 69 60 56 56 56

DECEMBER 2017

Market Comments 

The fertilizer sales in the month of December were very good as the country experienced rains almost throughout the country. The onset of rains coupled with flagging off of the Farmer Input Support Program (FISP) by the Agriculture Minister triggered high sales of inputs (fertilizer and seed). Most times when the FISP starts prices of inputs go up. Thus, farmers want to buy inputs before prices are affected.

Some e- voucher cards that were not activated for 2016/2017 season, had to be activated in this current season 2017/2018. There was a delay in implementation due to pin problems, some farmers could not remember their pins and errors on National Registration Cards (NRC) etc.

During the 2017/2018 season, there have been some technical problems with the new package (ZIAMIS) introduced to be used for e- voucher. Network was also another factor that affected implementation of the e-voucher, as the data has to be first entered on the smart phone then swiped on the POS Point of sale machine. No network meant no transaction. This caused a delay in starting the program. The e-voucher has now been rolled out in the whole country. The recommended prices for fertilizer for FISP are higher than the current retail prices as seen on the smart phones and tablets. The prices were fixed by government and the suppliers to avoid variations as most agro dealers take advantage of farmers at such critical times. The total number of beneficiaries for the subsidized inputs is 1000,000 farmers countrywide but these people also buy some more fertilizers on cash to meet their demand.

Fertilizer sales are expected to increase more in the coming days as the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has started paying farmers who supplied maize. The price per 50 kg bag of white maize has deflated hence there is an expected decline in maize yield in the next season as farmers are diversifying to planting soya beans and groundnut with much higher prices.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from November to December)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Oct -17 Nov -17 Dec -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Dec -17
Chibombo com 285 280 280 275 270 270
sub 66 66 66 48 48 48
Chipata com 290 290 290 285 285 285
sub 66 84 84 56 79 79
Kabwe com 275 275 270 243 243 262
sub 71 71 71 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 274 274 266 241 241 255
sub 70 70 70 53 53 50
Kitwe com 270 270 295 250 250 285
sub 66 76 76 53 53 53
Lusaka com 270 270 275 250 250 260
sub 66 66 66 56 56 56
Mkushi com 285 280 270 270 270 245
sub 66 66 68 48 48 50
Petauke com 278 278 278 250 250 255
sub 69 69 69 56 56 56

NOVEMBER 2017

Market Comments 

In Central regions of Zambia Fertilizer sales increased because this is the area where tomatoes farming is high. They use both foliar and granular fertilizers.

 


Sales trend (comparisons from October to November)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 3 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Nov -17 Sep -17 Oct -17 Nov -17
Chibombo com 260 285 280 250 275 270
sub 66 66 66 48 48 48
Chipata com 290 290 290 285 285 285
sub 66 84 84 56 79 79
Kabwe com 262 275 275 229 243 243
sub 57 71 71 56 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 268 274 274 232 241 241
sub 66 70 70 53 53 53
Kitwe com 270 270 270 235 250 250
sub 66 76 76 48 53 53
Lusaka com 265 270 270 250 250 250
sub 66 66 66 56 56 56
Mkushi com 280 285 280 250 270 270
sub 66 66 66 48 48 48
Petauke com 273 278 278 238 250 250
sub 66 69 69 56 56 56

OCTOBER 2017

Market Comments 

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

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

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

 

 


Sales trend (Comparisons from September to October)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Price trend

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

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

Urea

 

Price trends over the past 2 months

NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S (D Compound) Urea 46%
ZMW/ 50 kg bag Type Sep -17 Oct -17 Sep -17 Oct -17
Chibombo com 260 285 250 275
sub 66 66 48 48
Chipata com 290 290 285 285
sub 66 84 56 79
Kabwe com 262 275 229 243
sub 57 71 56 56
Kapiri Mposhi com 268 274 232 241
sub 66 70 53 53
Kitwe com 270 270 235 250
sub 66 76 48 53
Lusaka com 265 270 250 250
sub 66 66 56 56
Mkushi com 280 285 250 270
sub 66 66 48 48
Petauke com 273 278 238 250
sub 66 69 56 56

SEPTEMBER 2017

Market Comments

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

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


Sales Trend (Comparisons from August to September)

Towns

Fertilizer (commercial)

Sales trend

Lusaka NPK 10 10 20

Urea

Kapiri Mposhi NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S

Urea

 Kitwe NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S

Urea

 Petauke NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S

Urea

 Choma NPK 10 20 10 + 6.5S

Urea

 

Publications

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