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International agronomy programmes

For many countries, providing the population with food is the most important task of the state. In Brazil, Southeast Asia and China the agricultural sector not only provides employment but also contributes significantly to the country’s GDP. It is important to involve experts with knowledge of the local language, culture and traditions. We successfully combine this principle with the best international practices and agronomy expertise, inviting foreign professionals and world-class experts to participate in our workshops.

 

China

One third of the world produced tomatoes comes from China. Uralkali jointly with International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, conducted series of trials in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, to study the influence of different potassium fertilisers (potassium chloride and potassium sulphate) on tomato yield and quality of tomato fruits.

Another project, carried out in Gansu province and Inner Mongolia, aimed to study the sunflower potassium nutrition. Results demonstrated how important the MOP application is in obtaining great yields.

 

Brazil

Jointly with International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), Uralkali studied the post effect after the first year of potassium fertilisers application in soybean-maize crop rotation on Brazilian soils. Results showed that the yield of crops decreased already in the first season when no potassium fertiliser was applied. Results of these studies were presented at workshops and scientific conferences.

 

Indonesia

Indonesia ranks the third in the world on cocoa beans production. However, domestic yields of this crop are still very low compared to other countries of Southeast Asia. Our experts carried out large-scale trials jointly with International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) and Cocoa Care non-profit organisation. The main subject was to determine the most efficient cultivation technology. Over 40 cocoa farmers participated in the project. They were offered recommendations on good agricultural practices and balanced plant nutrition, which together provided more than 2-fold increase of cocoa beans yield.

 

Vietnam

The agronomic projects, conducted in Vietnam, are focused on determining the recommendations for balanced fertiliser application on oranges and black pepper. The 3-year projects, carried out jointly with Soils and Fertilizers Research Institute (SFRI), are scheduled to be completed in 2017. Intermediate results proved a significant impact of potassium nutrition on the yield and quality of fruits. It was presented to farmers during training workshops in the region.

 

Sponsorship and participation in international conferences

In 2017, Uralkali was among the sponsors of the Frontiers of Potassium international conference that took place in Rome, Italy. Conference was fully dedicated to the results of recent studies on the effect of potassium nutrition on plant growth and development.

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