Assessment of Fertilizer Distribution Systems and Opportunities for Developing Fertilizer Blends Uganda

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This assessment explores the fertilizer landscape in Uganda, focusing on key informants, soil information, fertilizer use, and distribution channels. Interviews with experts like Dr. Kayuki Kaizzi and representatives from fertilizer providers were conducted. Soil information from projects like IFDC CATALIST-Uganda highlighted deficiencies in S, Zn, and B. Fertilizer use data for 2016 and crop-specific recommendations are presented, emphasizing the dominance of 17:17:17, especially in sugarcane. The rationale behind existing fertilizer products is discussed, with a focus on NPK formulations. Evaluation of fertilizer recommendations for staple crops indicates deficiencies in meeting secondary and micronutrient requirements. The study identifies gaps in soil information, formulation testing, and awareness of secondary/micronutrient deficiencies. Existing fertilizer companies like Grainpulse, ETG, Yara, and potential entrants like TTFA are outlined. The need for collaborations and interventions to address information gaps, develop best-bet blends, increase awareness, and improve distribution systems is emphasized. Recommendations include filling soil information gaps, conducting best-bet evaluations, increasing farmer knowledge, and addressing bottlenecks in distribution systems. Partnerships with companies, government programs, and international organizations are suggested to promote balanced fertilizer use in Uganda.
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Smallholder farmers, Fertilizers, Soil
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