Yara International has announced its intent to establish a new global production facility for specialty crop nutrition products and biostimulants to bolster crop yields and improve quality. The plant, set to be one of the world’s largest for such products, will serve a pivotal role in addressing food security and climate change challenges.
Specialty crop nutrition and biostimulant products from Yara International have seen a fivefold increase in sales over the past two decades, reflecting its growing market presence. The company’s new production plant will allow it to further extend its footprint in this rapidly expanding sector. Such products are specially formulated to cater to the unique needs of crops throughout their growth cycle, improving resilience to climate change.
Scheduled to be operational by the end of 2025, the plant will be located near Yara’s existing site in Yorkshire, UK. This strategic positioning will allow Yara to double the production capacity of its YaraVita products and facilitate potential further expansion. Most of the plant’s output is intended for export to global markets.
Mónica Andrés Enríquez, Executive Vice President for Europe at Yara International, commented on the importance of this move, stating, “Our specialty crop nutrition products help farmers increase yields and quality without increasing land use. This not only benefits farmers but is also good for the planet.”
The global specialty fertilizers market is projected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8% between 2022 and 2027, according to MarketsandMarkets. Biostimulants are seeing an even higher growth rate, with a CAGR of over 12% forecasted by DunhamTrimmer from 2018 to 2030.
Yara’s specialty crop nutrition products, including foliar fertilizers, are integral to balanced crop nutrition and significantly influence crop growth and quality. According to Rejane Souza, Senior Vice President of Global Innovation at Yara International, “Although only needed in small amounts, they can make a big difference for farmers and are critical to ensure a lower carbon footprint for food production by increasing yield per unit of land.”
Yara International, a global leader in specialty crop nutrition products and a major European producer, boasts over 50 years of expertise in foliar nutrients and biostimulants and over 100 years of agronomic knowledge in crops and soils. Its vast experience enables it to offer a comprehensive range of crop nutrition solutions, agronomic advice, and digital tools. YaraVita products have been tested in approximately 3,000 trials, typically resulting in yield increases between 3% and 8% and up to 30% in some cases. This yield and crop quality boost significantly enhance farmers’ profitability and return on investment.
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