Month: June 2011

Africa Fertilizer Summit: Five Years After

Five years after the Africa Fertilizer Summit was held in Abuja, Nigeria, a $1 billion fertilizer plant is being established in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, with an annual production capacity of one million metric tons of ammonia and urea fertilizers. The local plant is expected to meet the fertilizer needs of Nigerian farmers, with surplus production exported. According to an…

Use Guti Urea, Save Money, Get More Yield

A letter in the Bangladesh newspaper The Daily Star urges farmers to use urea deep placement (UDP) technology to save money and increase crop yields. UDP is the insertion of large urea briquettes (called “Guti” in Bangladesh) into the rice root zone after transplanting. UDP reduces fertilizer use by 40 percent while increasing crop yields by 20 percent. Read the…

Policy Options for Improving Regional Fertilizer Markets in West Africa

Commissioned by the U.S. Agency for International Development, a joint study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and IFDC analyzes the structure and function of fertilizer markets in West Africa. IFDC experts were tasked with identifying key constraints to market performance. The study, “Policy Options for Improving Regional Fertilizer Markets in West Africa,” is based on data and…

Kyrgyz Government Promises Bountiful Harvest

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – The area of farmland planted in Kyrgyzstan has increased significantly due to government and donor support to farmers. According to Alisher Kasymov, general manager of IFDC’s Kyrgyzstan office, “Kyrgyz peasants and farmers received US $4m (181.6m KGS) in aid.” This included a seed voucher program that reached 30,000 farmers, co-operatives and seed growers.

‘Peak’ Phosphate

The volume of global phosphate rock reserves has been widely debated, with some arguing production could ‘peak’ within decades. Dr. Amit Roy, president and CEO of IFDC, argues that the immediacy of a crisis due to phosphate rock depletion is overstated, pointing to the knock-on effect that rising fertilizer prices have on economically viable reserves. Prices have risen considerably over…

Farming Culture Takes a New Turn in Barisal

BARISAL, Bangladesh – Many rice farmers affected by Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh have begun using modern farming methods, resulting in increased yields.This includes IFDC’s urea deep placement (UDP) technology. UDP is the insertion of large urea briquettes (called “Guti” in Bangladesh) into the rice root zone after transplanting. UDP reduces fertilizer use by 40 percent while increasing crop yields by…

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