17 May 2012 21:33 [Source: ICIS news]
SAO PAULO (ICIS)--Brazil's fertilizer sales rose to nearly 1.6m tonnes in April, up by 13% year on year, the Fertilizer Distribution Association (Anda) said on Thursday.
Fertilizer production in April reached 783,855 tonnes, up 14.4% year on year.
Fertilizer imports reached over 1.2m tonnes in April, down 19.5% year on year, the association said.
In the first four months of 2012, sales grew 8.3% year on year to nearly 6.9m tonnes, Anda added.
Output during the first four months of 2012 totalled nearly 3m tonnes, up 4.8% compared with the same period of 2011, the association said.
Imports totalled over 4.2m tonnes in the January-April period, down 25.6% year on year, Anda added.
Sales grew in the January-April period mainly as a result of higher demand for sugarcane, cotton, coffee, corn, rice and soy, the association added.
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