IFDC, on behalf of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), Announces an International Training Program – Phosphate Fertilizer Production Technology Workshop
June 20-24, 2011
Objective of the Workshop
The objective of the IFA-IFDC workshop was to provide engineers in the fertilizer industry with an in-depth view of phosphate fertilizer production technologies and identify future trends and needs. The workshop examined the status of the most recent phosphate fertilizer production technologies to produce fertilizers and intermediate materials. The workshop helped improve participants’ skills and broadened their vision and understanding of the entire industry, including technology, economics, energy use, safety and environmental stewardship. The knowledge gained will enable participants to solve specific problems and improve the operation and profitability of their plants. The workshop provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and disseminate information through discussion of the various technical, economic, safety and environmental issues.
The workshop was designed for engineers working in the fertilizer industry, particularly those who had recently assumed new responsibilities, to renew and/or increase their technical knowledge in phosphate fertilizer production, and for new engineers to become better acquainted with the best available production processes in the industry
The workshop included formal sessions, break-out groups and visits to factories. Interactive discussion involving the participants and lecturers were an integral part of the program to ensure that specific interests were covered.
Topics to be addressed by a faculty of industry experts included:
- Economics of the industry.
- Phosphoric acid production.
- Phosphate fertilizer production.
- Single Superphosphate
- Triple Superphosphate
- Ammonium Phosphates
- Compound (NPK) Fertilizers
- Ammonium Nitrate -Based
- Urea -Based
- Bulk Blends
- Fertilizer chemical and physical specifications and product quality.
- Energy, environmental, safety and product stewardship issues.
- Packaging, transportation and handling.
The program faculty included subject matter experts from IFDC and partner organizations.
IFDC is a nonprofit, public international organization (PIO) dedicated to increasing agricultural productivity and food production through the development and use of plant nutrients in sustainable crop production systems. Headquartered in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., IFDC is involved in human resource development, research and technical assistance in collaboration with public, private, national and international organizations throughout the world. IFDC has conducted more than 700 formal workshops, study tours and training programs for about 10,000 participants from 150 countries since 1974. The programs have covered a wide range of subjects including integrated soil fertility management and fertilizer use efficiency, fertilizer production technology, agro-input dealership, competitive marketing, supply chain management, investment analysis, policy reforms and numerous specialized topics.
The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) is a not-for-profit organization representing the global fertilizer industry. Our members serve farmers everywhere as they meet the world’s growing food, feed, fibre and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner. IFA has over 550 members in about 85 countries. About half of the membership is based in developing countries. IFA member companies represent all activities related to the production and distribution of every type of fertilizer, their raw materials and intermediates. IFA’s membership also includes organizations involved in agronomic research and training with regard to fertilizers. The global fertilizer industry produces upwards of 170 million tons of fertilizer nutrients annually. These are used in every corner of the globe to support agricultural production.
For More Information
Director, Training and Workshop Coordination Unit
P.O. Box 2040
Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662, U.S.A.
Telephone: +1 (256) 381-6600 ext. 338
Telefax: +1 (256) 381-7408
As a nonprofit organization, IFDC does not finance or sponsor any participant.