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34% more mineral fertilisers used on agricultural crops in 2010

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Last year, 34% of the utilised agricultural land was treated with mineral fertilisers. In 2010, 55% of the total area of agricultural crops were treated with mineral fertilisers (in 2009 – 50%), of which 78% of cereals (in 2009 – 73%) and 89% of industrial crops (in 2009 – 71%).

Expressed as 100% of nutrients, 92.2 thousand tons of mineral fertilisers were used, including 58.9 thousand tons of nitrogen, 15.5 thousand tons of phosphorus and 17.8 thousand tons of potassium.1178.8 thousand ha or 66% were not treated. Those were mainly meadows, pastures and perennial grass, according to the Central Statistical Bureau data.

83kg of mineral fertilisers, or by 12% more than in 2009, were used on one hectare of sown area, if expressed as 100% of nutrients. The mineral fertilisers use on one hectare of cereals has grown from 107 kg in 2009 to 117 kg in 2010 or by 9% and use of mineral fertilisers on one hectare of industrial crops – from 140 kg to 174 kg or by 24%, respectively.

Over the last three years, the use of nitrogen on one hectare of sown area has grown by 10 kg or by 23% – from 43 kg in 2008 to 53 kg in 2010. While the use of phosphorus remained unchanged – 14 kg, but the use of potassium has slightly dropped – from 17 kg to 16 kg.

Compared to a year before, in 2010 the use of nitrogen on cereals has grown by 10% and the use of nitrogen on industrial crops rose by 28%. Such trend was influenced by the increased use of straight nitrogen mineral fertilisers, as their prices are noticeably lower than those of complex mineral fertilisers.

In 2010 the share of straight nitrogen mineral fertilisers in the total volume of mineral fertilisers (physical weight) comprised 55%. Ammonium nitrate constituted 45% of all mineral fertilisers used.

Last year organic fertilisers were used by 15% or 472 thousand tons more than in 2009.The amount used on average per one hectare of sown area has risen from 2.8 tons in 2009 to 3.4 tons in 2010 or by 21%.


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