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UK Fertiliser Consumption Trends & Statistics

Fertiliser Use in Great Britain

Contrary to popular misconception, fertiliser usage in Great Britain has reduced significantly over the last 30 years.

Fertiliser use is closely linked to efficiency and balance, where by the need of the crop is matched, through the use of agronomy, to the available nutrients present in the soil, nutrients from left over vegetation, manures available on farm and finally supplemented by mineral fertilisers.

Through greater understanding and improving farming methods fertiliser use has decreased by over 30% for Nitrogen, 55% for Phosphate and 45% for Potash . In order to achieve greater efficiency it is critical to ensure plants have all the right conditions and complete range of nutrients to grow, NPK is just the start.

Crop growth can still be limited in some areas of GB as a result of deficiency in N,P,K or soil pH or condition.

 Fertiliser use UK - table

Fertiliser consumption in the UK

Quantities of major fertiliser nutrients used in the UK and its countries, 1965-2016
Quantities in '000 tonnes (kt) of mineral fertiliser nitrogen (N), phosphate (P2O5) and potash (K2O) used on farms in the UK since 1965 are shown in the table (see related documents below), which is reproduced with permission from the British Survey of Fertiliser Practice (BSFP).

These data, which refer to quantities of nutrients not fertiliser products, are based on BSFP findings, import and export trade data, and on sales data.  They are considered to be the official figures for fertiliser usage in the UK.

Note that the most recent data are estimates.  Data are subject to revision.

Fertiliser Statistics Summary 2018

Fertiliser Statistics Reports - archive

The British Survey of Fertiliser Practice

The British Survey of Fertiliser Practice, funded jointly by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department and AIC, is an independent annual report of fertiliser application rates providing data for farmers and environmentalists, regulators and the industry. It also provides information on lime use and organic manure application. The Survey shows generally good fertiliser practice in Britain with mineral fertilisers being used closely in line with accepted recommendations.

Online version of BSFP can be downloaded here.

AIC Fertiliser Statistics System

Since 1958, individual Members of the Agricultural Industries Confederation and it's predecessor the Fertiliser Manufacturers Association have participated in a statistical reporting scheme.  These figures are used in support of the British Survey of Fertiliser Practice and national reports.  Participating members can access guidance on the reporting system here.

UK Fertiliser Deliveries Statistics

A Summary of the latest Monthly fertiliser deliveries (‘tonnes) by AIC members to the UK market will be published here as they become available.

These statistics are a summary of the detailed statistical returns that those fertiliser sector members who participate in the statistics service receive on a monthly basis.  These are made generally available 3 months after the internal statistics are produced for members, and fulfil the trade body’s obligation under the Competition Act.

 Accumulative totals from: December 2017/18 December 2018/19
COMPOUNDS

      418,546

     440,196

STRAIGHT N

      1,331,445

    1,207,036

Related documents

  1. Fertiliser consumption in the UK - quantity data

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    Quantities of major fertiliser nutrients used in the UK and its countries, 1965-2016 Quantities in '000 tonnes (kt) of mineral fertiliser nitrogen (N), phosphate (P2O5) and potash (K2O) used on farms in the UK since 1965 are shown in the table, which is reproduced with permission from the British Survey of Fertiliser Practice (BSFP).