Global Fertiliser Day on 13th October marks the anniversary of Fritz Haber’s discovery of ammonia synthesis in 1908, which sowed the seeds for the Green Revolution of the early 20th century. We celebrate this day to raise awareness of fertilisers as one of the most important inventions of our time – saving billions from famine, reducing poverty and offering the key to sustainably feeding our population into the future.
IT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING HUNGRY OR FED
To the many shoppers who buy their weekly food shop, fertiliser means very little. Yet without fertilisers, those shelves could be half empty.
With the world population predicted by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) to reach 9.1 billion by 2050, food production will have to increase by about 70% above today’s levels. To fulfil this demand, agricultural fertiliser has seen an annual growth rate of 2%.
In 1960, 1 hectare of land would feed 2 people, by 2025, the same land size will need to feed 5 people; Fertiliser allows farmers to get a better yield and therefore produce more food.
IT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PROSPEROUS HARVEST OR NOT
To a farmer, fertiliser is a vital component for growing their crop. The first 100kg of applied Nitrogen typically doubles yield and delivers a return on investment in the region of 5:1.
The nutrients manufactured in fertiliser are the same, chemically, as those that naturally occur in the soil. Crops more often than not, need seasonal additions of nutrients by fertilisers because the soil environment can’t supply enough necessary for healthy growth, high yield and quality.
IT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKING TOGETHER OR ALONE
To us, making quality fertilisers, safely, is what we do and together with our customers, we are proud to be part of the food chain.
At CF Fertilisers, we recognise the fundamental role of fertiliser in promoting plant growth and have over 50 years’ experience in production and supply of the highest integrity fertiliser products.
As the UK’s only primary producer of fertilisers to farmers, we feed the crops and livestock that feed the UK. It’s a role we are proud to play and one to which we remain committed, as the challenge rises to produce more food with less impact on the environment. Through manufacturing excellence, a knowledgeable distribution network and agronomic experience, our continual aim is to reduce our manufacturing carbon footprint and improve on-farm Nitrogen use efficiency.