Russia's first-half fertilizer output falls year on year

19 July 2012 15:52  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Russia's overall production of fertilizers decreased in the first half of 2012 compared with the corresponding period last year, the country’s statistical agency Rosstat said on Thursday.

In the January-June period, the country's total output of mineral fertilizers was down by 2.5% year on year to 9.212m tonnes, according to the agency.

Nitrogen fertilizer output did rise slightly by 0.7% year on year to 4.158m tonnes, while potash production was 5.8% down year on year to 3.493m tonnes, the agency said.

Russia’s output of ammonia in the first half of 2012 totalled 7m tonnes, down 4.7% year on year, Rosstat added.

In the month of June, the country's total output of mineral fertilizers did increase, with a 4.4% year-on-year rise to 1.505m tonnes.

Meanwhile, nitrogen fertilizer output in June had increased by 2.3% year on year to 604,000 tonnes, potash production was up 11.9% year on year at 691,000 tonnes, and ammonia output rose 0.3% year on year to 1.121m tonnes, according to the agency.

By: Sergei Blagov
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