[hepr-vn] Vietnam has to import fertilizer until 2020
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Wed Jul 30 07:22:00 EST 2008
Updated, 07/29/2008, 18:00 GMT
Vietnam has to import fertilizer until 2020
In the past seven months, Vietnam has imported US$1.3 billion worth of
fertilizer and pesticide. The sum is equal to earnings from exports of 2.5
million tonnes of rice.
The figures were released by Nguyen Tri Ngoc, head of the Cultivation Department
under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at a conference on
improving the efficiency of using fertilizer in agriculture in Hanoi on July 29.
In the past 7 months, Vietnam fetched around US$7 billion from agricultural
exports but imported US$1.3 billion worth of fertilizer and pesticide.
Mr Ngoc said that the use of fertilizer seems to decrease in developed countries
but keeps rising in developing countries.
Over the past 7 months, Vietnam has to imported around 630,000 tonnes of DAP and
742,000 tonnes of Kali. From now until 2010, the country will have to import
around more than 500,000 tonnes of fertilizer each year. The agricultural sector
is looking for other kinds of fertilizer to replace DAP such as NPK and NEB 26.
In 2007, Vietnam produced 1.385 million tones of phosphate. This year, however,
the northern region needs around 600,000 tonnes of fertilizer and the southern
region needs up to 1.5 million tones.
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