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French Nitrogen, Phosphate Fertilizer Sales Rise Through October

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Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- French nitrogen-fertilizer shipments rose 3 percent in July through October from a year earlier, industry association Unifa said.

Sales of nitrogen, used by farmers in their fields to boost plant yields, climbed to 721,000 metric tons in the first four months of the year that started July 1, Paris-based Unifa wrote in an e-mailed statement today.

France is the largest crop grower in the European Union, and the biggest user of crop nutrients, according to the International Fertilizer Industry Association. French farmers are forecast to lift soft-wheat planting for harvesting next year by 2.8 percent, the Agriculture Ministry reported Dec. 11.

“The fertilizer deliveries follow the progress in the area planted with cereals,” Unifa wrote.

Potassium-fertilizer shipments in France rose 3 percent to 261,000 tons for May 1 to the end of October, compared with a year earlier, Unifa said. Phosphorus deliveries jumped 13 percent to 210,000 tons, according to the report.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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