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French Nitrogen Deliveries Fell by 17% Through February

May 02, 2012

French nitrogen-fertilizer shipments fell 17 percent from July through February to the lowest level in at least four years, industry association Unifa said.

Nitrogen sales in France declined to 1.33 million metric tons in the first eight months of the year that started July 1 from 1.61 million tons a year earlier, Paris-based Unifa wrote in an e-mailed statement today.

France is the largest crop grower in the European Union, and the bloc’s biggest user of crop nutrients, according to the International Fertilizer Industry Association. Nitrogen is applied to plants to boost yields.

Potassium-fertilizer shipments in France fell 16 percent to 391,000 tons in May through February, while phosphate deliveries declined 20 percent to 328,000 tons, Unifa said.

The association tracks nitrogen sales on the basis of a year that starts July 1, while the marketing year for potassium and phosphorus begins May 1.

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