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International agronomy programmes

For many countries, feeding the population 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 towards the countrys GDP.

It is important to involve experts with knowledge of the local language, culture and traditions. Uralkali combines this principle with the best international practices and agronomy expertise, inviting foreign professionals and world-class experts to participate in our workshops.

 

Mexico

Uralkalis project in Mexico, delivered in 2019 in cooperation with a regional partner, was aimed at communicating the importance of potash application for maize, one of the most popular crops in the region, to the local agricultural community.

In terms of potash use per hectare of cultivated land, Mexico trails many of its neighbouring Latin American countries, which inhibits the achievement of potential yield figures. Field demonstrations carried out in maize cultivation in 2019 indicated higher yields and economic efficiency in areas where an optimum amount of potash was applied.

 

India

Since 2018, in cooperation with a regional partner, Uralkali has been implementing a pilot project on the efficient and balanced use of mineral fertilisers. Demonstration fields of maize, sugarcane and potatoes were planted in Uttar Pradesh to show farmers the benefits of balanced mineral fertiliser application in comparison with existing farming practices, in which plants often lack potassium.

In all cases, balanced application of fertiliser demonstrated the maximum yield and the optimum cultivation economy. The project was accompanied by educational workshops for farmers, including visits to demonstration sites where participants could see the efficiency of the optimised nutritional plan.

 

Indonesia

Uralkalis agronomic projects in Indonesia in 2019-2020 centred around selecting optimal potash dosages for rice and shallot cultivation. Experimental fields with these crops were planted on Java Island. Test results were discussed at training workshops for farmers.

Prior to this, in partnership with the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) and the non-profit organisation Cocoa Care, Uralkali specialists carried out large-scale trials assessing the efficiency of potash nutrition for cocoa beans to determine the most efficient cultivation technology. Trial participants were made up of more than 40 farmers specialising in the cocoa cultivation. Farmers received specialised advice on agricultural technologies and balanced plant nutrition, resulting in more than a twofold increase in the yield of cocoa beans.

 

Argentina

Argentinian soil is naturally rich in potassium, but agricultural intensification results in lower soil nutrition. In 2018-2019, Uralkali, in cooperation with a regional partner, Argentinian non-profit organisation Fertilizar, and the National Agricultural Technology Institute INTA, delivered a project to update potash map of soils in the Pampas region. The project revealed a significant reduction in available potassium in soil, and an imminent potassium deficiency in certain areas of Argentina. The first potash workshop drew the attention of the local agricultural community to the potential development of potassium deficiency in Argentinian soil.

Field demonstrations to monitor the response of the regions key crops (soy, maize, rice and wheat) to potash nutrition were initiated in 2019. The experiments will continue until 2021, following initial results that have already demonstrated how the application of potash helps increase the yield and quality of crops.

 

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. The 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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