Brazil firms to build organomineral fertilizer plants

12 April 2013 20:37  [Source: ICIS news]

CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--Brazilian agricultural research firm Embrapa Solos and industrial technology firm Calderon Consulting plan to build several granulated “organomineral” fertilizer plants that will use swine and bird residues as feedstock, Embrapa Solos said on Friday.

An organomineral is a blend of organic matter and mineral fertilizers.

The granulated organomineral fertilizers will be destined for agricultural cooperatives, rural entrepreneurs and fertilizer groups, Embrapa Solos said.

The available plants vary between 10,000-60,000 tonnes/year of processing capacity, with a cost between Brazilian reais (R) 1m-6m ($510,000-$3.06m; €387,600-2.33m), the ag research firm said.

Embrapa Solos estimates the plants could yield a financial return within two years.

Calderon Consulting will be responsible for the production of the industrial plants, and Embrapa Solos will oversee the technology transfer of the organomineral fertilizers.

According to Embrapa Solos, granulated organomineral fertilizers will use organic residues from the industry, such as agricultural residues, to reduce impacts to the environment and increase productivity, it said.

($1 = €0.76; $1 = R1.97)

By: Leo Siqueira
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