A fertiliser factory in Lào Cai. Demand for organic fertilisers has risen sharply and is expected to continue doing so in the coming years. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY — Many fertiliser companies are steadily increasing production of organic fertilisers since they expect demand to rise sharply over the coming years.
The use of organic fertilisers is on the rise as farmers see improvements in the soil, crops and environment when they dispense with chemicals, they said.
Phan Văn Tâm, marketing director of Bình Điền Fertilizer Joint Stock Company, told Người Lao Động (The Labourer) newspaper that his company has been supplying organic fertilisers to the market for three or four years, now produces nearly 20,000 tonnes a year and plans to increase production.
They are produced only at two subsidiaries, Bình Điền - Mekong and Bình Điền - Lâm Đồng, and so the output is still modest, he said.
Another, Bình Điền Quảng Trị JSC, has got a licence and would start producing soon, he said.
In the near future the parent company and Bình Điền Ninh Bình Company would also start production, and the output would increase significantly, he said.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Plant Protection Department has collaborated with major companies such as Lộc Trời Group JSC, Con Cò Vàng Hi-Tech, Quế Lâm, Phúc Thịnh, GNC, Hiệp Thành, and Green Powers to develop organic fertilisers.
Lộc Trời, which entered the organic fertiliser market in 2009 with only one product, now has a total of eight, and supplies to the market two million litres and 10,000 tonnes of organic fertilisers annually.
Lộc Trời and the department recently signed a deal to enhance production and usage of the fertilisers.
Many companies have shifted to organic products to meet the demand for safe agricultural produce.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as of December 2017 the country had only 713 organic fertiliser products, accounting for 5 per cent of total fertiliser output. In April 2019 they had increased to 2,312 and 11.1 per cent.
But the output was still very modest at just 1 million tonnes last year out of 11 million tonnes of fertilisers overall.
The country is striving to increase that to three million tonnes by next year.
Licences have already been issued to produce 3.36 million tonnes a year.
Meanwhile, imports have been skyrocketing in recent years from Japan, the EU, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos.
The ministry said Việt Nam has great potential in organic fertiliser production since annually 60-70 million tonnes of agricultural by-products and 20 million of seafood by-products are produced.
The by-products can be used as raw materials for making organic fertilisers, but they have not been properly exploited for a long time, it said.
This would also help reduce pollution and improve soil fertility and farm produce quality, it added. — VNS