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UK Fertiliser Consumption Trends & Statistics

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 Reports

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.

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: September 2015/16 September 2016/17
COMPOUNDS

214,186

223,605

STRAIGHT N

631,332

778,360

AIC Fertiliser Statistics Report 2017

455kb PDF

This AIC Report summarises some main trends and answers which this survey provides.

AIC Fertiliser Statistics Report 2017 - Presentation

979kb PDF

This AIC Report summarises some main trends and answers which this survey provides.

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).