Global Fertilizer Day

 

 

 

 

Global Fertilizer Day is celebrated on October 13th and commemorates the Haber-Bosch patent on synthesis of ammonia from air. It is an international initiative supported by world’s fertilizer industry associations with the aim of educating the world population on the benefits and uses of fertilizers, and worldwide encouragement of innovation in agriculture for a sustainable future.

 

Fertilizers ensure food security and improve agriculture's environmental performance

 

Fertilizers contribute to meet food needs and to secure a sustainable future for agriculture by providing high quality nutrition for crop and by increasing yield productivity.


Fertilizers account for 50% of the global food production and have completely changed the agricultural sector. Without the increase in yields coming from the use of fertilizers, we would have need, since 1961, an additional 1 billion ha of arable land to produce what is produced today.

 The world’s population is predicted to grow to 9.1 billion people by 2050 according to The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Global food production will need to increase accordingly by some 60% above 2005/2007  levels to keep pace with demand .While in 1960 one hectare of land was needed to feed 2 people, the same amount of land will be required to feed 5 people by 2025.

 

  

 

By providing the right mix of nutrients, mineral fertilizers foster the development of the plant to its full potential and provide maximum nutritional value.

 

Unless the nutrients are replenished, the soil’s productive capacity declines with every harvest. Nutrients are first returned to the soil by using farm's natural recycled materials, like manure, but this needs to be balanced with mineral fertilizers. 

 The use of mineral fertilizers allows farmers to offer a specific predictable and balanced nutrient supply, allowing it to grow at its full potential. Effective fertilization closely matches the nutrients available in the soil to the different requirements of a crop over its growing cycle. This balanced nutrition enables the crop to optimise its use of the nutrients and ensures strong, healthy and productive crop growth.