Försäljning av mineralgödsel 2006/07
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The sales of fertilizers increased 2006/07
The total sales of commercial fertilizers amounted to 731 thousand metric tons during the fertilizer year 2006/07, which was an increase by nearly 3 percent compared to 2005/06. During the last five years the sales have continuously decreased. Between 2001/02 and 2005/06 the sales of fertilizers decreased by 18 percent.
In terms of plant nutrient content the sales of nitrogen in 2006/07 increased by nearly 4 percent to 166 thousand metric tons, compared to the year before. The changes in sales of other recorded nutrients, such as phosphorus and potassium, increased by 3 percent respectively 1 per cent. The changes in sulphur amounted in a decrease with 2 percent. The phosphorus fertilizers contained about 74 kg of cadmium.
The increase in sales of nitrogen is estimated to be caused by a raise in the price level of the 2006 vintage/harvest compared to the previous year. The price relation between nitrogen and product resulted in an optimization of the used doses of nitrogen for several products. Another reason for the increase in nitrogen sales is estimated to be that the area of crop increased between 2006 and 2007. However, the significance of the latter is not considered to be of decisive importance for the increase in nitrogen sales. The price relations on the crop market are considered to have caused previous fallow fields to bee taken into use again.
The use of phosphorous increased with nearly 3 per cent and potassium with 1 per cent.
The changes in the area of organic farming were so small between 2006 and 2007 that the effect in the use of nitrogen are likely to be insignificant.