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Agricultural fertilizer market in the UK - statistics & facts

The agricultural fertilizer demand worldwide has seen a slight but steady growth over the past decade. In 2020, it amounted to 188 million metric tons, and is forecast to surpass 208 million by 2025. The United Kingdom consumed approximately 1.5 million metric tons of chemical fertilizers in 2019, a quantity that has remained fairly stable in the last ten years. Nitrogen is the most used fertilizer nutrient in the UK, with slightly over one million metric tons consumed in 2019. In that same year, fertilizers containing phosphorous and potassium reached a consumption of 186 and 267 thousand metric tons, respectively.

Fertilizer market in the UK

The UK market for fertilizers containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium has seen a decline in sales value between 2010 and 2020. Fertilizer sales peaked in 2013, reaching 539 million British pounds. In 2020, the sales value of these fertilizers amounted to 318 million pounds. In contrast to chemical fertilizers, the sales value of animal and vegetable fertilizers has surged in the past five years, coming in at nearly 186 million British pounds in 2020. The volume of animal and vegetable fertilizers sold that year was almost 1.4 million metric tons.

Regional consumption

Out of all English regions, the East Midlands consumed the most phosphate fertilizers, with an average of 27 kilograms per hectare used in the 2019/20 farming season. The West Midlands was the leading consumer of potash fertilizers, with 32 kilograms per hectare. In regards to the application of nitrogen fertilizers, the East of England proved to have the highest consumption with an average of 124 kilograms per hectare used, closely followed by the East Midlands region with 120 kilograms per hectare.

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