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Fertiliser sales shoot up 21pc due to lower prices

Catriona Murphy

Published 11/10/2011 | 05:00

Last year was the first year in 20 years that fertiliser sales increased, according to figures from the Department.

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Following 20 years of a steady decline in fertiliser use, last year saw a 21pc increase in fertiliser sales, primarily as a result of lower fertiliser prices.

However, fertiliser sales were still 35pc lower than the 1989-1990 peak for fertiliser use.

The steady fall in fertiliser use is a result of better correlation between rates of application and crop requirements and reduced commodity returns.

Nitrogen use rose from 306,806t in 2208-2009 to 362,395t in 2009-2010, while phosphorus use increased from 20.231t in 2008-2009 to 29,339t in 2009-2010. Potassium rose from 52,403t in 2008-2009 to 74,899t in 2009-2010.

Total fertiliser use rose from 1.172m tonnes in 2008-2009 to 1.423m tonnes in 2009-2010.

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