13th AFCOME International Meetings: A Success

Rencontres internationales de l'AFCOME 2013Markets, distribution, agronomy and regulations were on the agenda on 25th and 26th October 2013 in Beaune, a French city famous for winegrowing. Over 350 professionals attended the conferences and debates.

Over 350 fertiliser professionals, suppliers, buyers and service providers attended the conferences and debates.

This biennial meeting saw an increase in the number of distributors, who are interested both in having fruitful informal exchanges and in the addresses by the speakers. The latter were based on the world fertiliser market, the organisation of distribution, agronomy and regulations.

One of the main subjects developed: trends on the world fertiliser market, seen by American, Brazilian, Canadian and Russian speakers, who firstly highlighted the strategic importance of food needs and, secondly, that of energy issues with the development of shale gas.

Patrick Heffer, from IFA (International Fertilizer Industry Association) reviewed the fundamentals of fertiliser markets, where the 5-year trend is relatively positive.

Asia and Latin America account for over 70% of the increase. The growth potential is to be found in Asia, where India’s subsidy policy has a major impact on the world market, and where China is gradually moving from being an importing to an exporting country.

Overall demand is expected to increase by 1.5% a year over the next 5 years for nitrogen fertilisers, by 1.9% for phosphate fertilisers, and by 3% for potash.

In Europe, and in France in particular, the economic and environmental issues were highlighted via addresses on the Nitrates Directive, especially on the importance of fertiliser and nitrogen efficiency, but also on the new products that are being introduced and the need to comply with marketing regulations.

Markets, distribution, agronomy and regulations were on the agenda on 25th and 26th October 2013 in Beaune, a French city famous for winegrowing. Over 350 professionals attended the conferences and debates.

Consult the documents produced during the 2013 meetings