Story: Fertiliser industry

Fertiliser market, 1979–2003

Fertiliser market, 1979–2003

In 1979 the total fertiliser sold was 354,671 tonnes, with superphosphate at 326,296 tonnes, or 92%. By 2003 total tonnage had increased to 1.638 million, and superphosphate to 900,952 tonnes – but this now formed only 55% of the market. The nitrogen-containing fertilisers urea and diammonium phosphate (DAP) now formed 28% of the fertilisers used.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Source: New Zealand Fertiliser Manufacturers Association

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Ants Roberts, 'Fertiliser industry - The industry today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2021)

Story by Ants Roberts, published 24 Nov 2008