Fertilizers and their Use in Central America

In Nicaragua for every cultivated hectare, 39 kilos of fertilizer are used, in Panama the figure is 50 kilos, in Honduras, 58, in Guatemala, 97, in El Salvador, 135, and in Costa Rica, 264 kilos.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The study "State of the Global Food and Agriculture", by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), details not only the use of fertilizer per hectare in Central America, but also the proportion of the value added in agriculture in each country.

In an article on Elnuevodiario.com.ni, Michael Healy, president of the Union of Agricultural Producers of Nicaragua (UPANIC), "... said the UN body carries out this analysis based on the entire agricultural sector and not by categories." For example, in the case of Nicaragua, they cultivate ".... '50,000 hectares of beans and corn and most of them are in the hands of small producers, who do not have access to financing and therefore do not use a lot of fertilizers; However, producers of sugarcane, do have access to financing, so they use up to six pounds of fertilizer per acre. "

The study notes that "... The global use of fertilizers could increase to more the 200.5 million tonnes used in 2018, 25% more than the amount recorded in 2010, according to the report by the UN body. "The world's fertilizer consumption will grow by 1.8% annually until 2018 and overall production capacity of fertilizers, intermediates and raw materials will continue to rise," the study said.

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