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Structure of the South African Fertiliser Industry: market concentration, trade and price
18 August 2011
Corné Louw


  • Fertiliser as production input contributes on average between 30 % and 50 % to a grain and oilseed producers’ variable production costs in South Africa.
  • International and local fertiliser prices began a gradual increase from early 2007 until the beginning of 2008, after which prices increased substantially to peak during mid to end of 2008 - Ammonia – 229% ; Urea – 213%; - DAP – 380%; KCL – 598%
  • Local prices during the same time period: - LAN (28) – 171%; Urea – 172%; - MAP – 313%; KCL – 271%;s

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