Agricultural fertilizer market in the UK - Statistics & Facts

The agricultural fertilizer market has seen a steady growth in global demand in the past six years, which is forecast to amount to 195 million metric tons in 2019/20. This development is reflected in a constant increase of monthly prices for fertilizers and soil improvers in the United Kingdom (UK), reaching an index value of 110.1 in December 2018, up from 95.9 in January. As of 2018, the most used fertilizer in Europe was nitrogen.

The UK market for fertilizers containing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium has seen a decline in sales value between 2010 and 2017, before a spike in 2018, when figures amounted to 344.9 million British pounds. This translates into roughly 922.3 thousand metric tons of these fertilizers being sold.
In contrast to chemical fertilizers, the sales value of animal and vegetable fertilizers has been steadily increasing in the past five years, coming in at nearly 34 million British pounds in 2018. The volume sold was 174.2 thousand metric tons that same year.

Out of all English regions, the North East and Yorkshire & Humber consumed the most phosphate fertilizers, with an average of 30 kilograms per hectare used in 2017/18. The English average that year was 21 kilograms per hectare. This region was also the leading consumer of potash fertilizers, with 37 kilograms per hectare used, compared with 27 kilograms per hectare used on average across all English regions. However, in regards to the application of nitrogen fertilizers, the East of England proved to have the highest consumption, with an average of 128 kilograms per hectare used, which was 16 kilograms above the English average.

Overall, the UK had exported 338.4 million U.S. dollars worth of fertilizers in 2018, with imports amounting to 1.16 billion U.S. dollars.

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