Global fertilizer use expected to hit record levels

FAO distributed seeds and fertilizers after flooding in Pakistan’s Khyber district.
©FAO/Prakash Singh

The use of fertilizers to boost agricultural production around the world is expected to reach record levels above 200 million tonnes by 2018, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In a new report, FAO says that is an increase of 25 per cent over 2008 levels.

As the world strives to feed more people, there are concerns that the overuse of fertilizers will lead to pollution and soil degradation.

Sandra Ferrari asked Caterina Batello from FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division about the figures.

Duration: 3'09"

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