Brazil January fertilizer sales rise 8.6% year on year

20 February 2013 21:15  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Brazilian fertilizer sales totalled 2.02m tonnes in January, up by about 8.6% from 1.86m tonnes recorded for the same month last year, the National Fertilizer Distribution Association (Anda) said on Wednesday.

Sales of nitrogen fertilizers in January stood at 330,000 tonnes, up by about 1.2% from 326,000 tonnes a year earlier. The increase was due to higher demand for sugarcane, cotton, coffee, corn and wheat, Anda said.

Sales of phosphorous fertilizers increased by about 11.9% to 233,000 tonnes due to higher demand for sugarcane and corn, while sales of potassium fertilizers were up by about 13.6% to 293,000 tonnes.

Domestic production of fertilizer intermediaries totalled 801,080 in January, an increase of almost 0.2% from 799,627 tonnes a year earlier, the association said.

Exports of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium fertilizers for the month totalled 57,529 tonnes, up by about 73.3% from 33,203 in the same month last year.

Imports of intermediate fertilizers fell totalled 1.27m tonnes, a drop of about 2.4% from 1.30m tonnes a year earlier, Anda said.

In 2012, Brazil consumed a record 29.53m tonnes of fertilizers, an increase of 4.3% compared to sales in 2011.

By: Simon West

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