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 consumption in the UK
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 2019 - PowerPoint
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
These mineral fertiliser delivery data are the latest to be published from the consolidated returns which are provided on a monthly basis to those members of the AIC Fertiliser Sector who participate in the internal statistics reporting service.
|Tonnes of product||February 2020|
|Straight nitrogen fertilisers||