Farm Ireland

Sunday 18 February 2018

Fertiliser sales shoot up 21pc due to lower prices

Catriona Murphy

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

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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