China is scaling back use of chemical fertilizers to cut cost and improve efficiency. Starting from this year, pilot fertilizer-reduction programs will include corn grown in the northeast and parts of north and central China, vegetables produced in north China’s greenhouses and apples grown in the northwest and Bohai Bay area, He Caiwen, an official with Ministry of Agriculture, said on Tuesday [19 May 2015]…Full Article: The Global Times May 2015

Key Point

  • The pilot fertilizer-reduction program plans to make China’s fertilizer usage peak by 2020.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2014, a Chief Researcher at the Botany Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences stated that China utilizes 400 kg of chemical fertilizers per hectare, well above the internationally recognized safe average of 225 kg per ha.
  • In 2012, China consumed 58.3 million metric tons of chemical fertilizers, of which 48% (~23.9 million MTs) was nitrogenous fertilizer, 34% (~19.8 million MTs) was compound fertilizer (e.g. NPK, etc.), 14% (~8.2 million MTs) was potash, and 11% (~6.1 million MTs) was phosphate. Henan, Hubei, and Sichuan were the largest consumers.

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