Yorkshire chosen for major fertiliser production plant

Fertiliser producer, Yara International, has today revealed it will build a new global production plant for specialty crop nutrition products in East Yorkshire.

The plant, to be developed near the company’s UK headquarters in Pocklington, will be one of the largest in the world for these products.

It will allow Yara to increase its footprint in the specialty crop nutrition business, one of the fastest growing markets in agriculture.

The business notes that sales of its YaraVita specialty crop nutrition products and biostimulants have grown fivefold in the last 20 years.

Once completed, the new plant will allow Yara to double the capacity of its YaraVita products. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2025 and it will further expand production capacity if needed.

Virtually all the output from the plant will be exported to markets around the world.

Mónica Andrés Enríquez, executive vice president for Europe at Yara International, said: “Our specialty crop nutrition products help farmers increase yields and quality without increasing land use.

“That not only benefits farmers but is also good for the planet.

“It’s no wonder that this market is growing exponentially. Amid today’s food security and climate change challenges, it’s more important than ever to feed the world with nutritious food while also protecting the planet.”

Rejane Souza, senior vice president of global innovation at Yara International, added: “If one nutrient is lacking or under stress, crop growth, yield and quality can be reduced.

“Specialty crop nutrition products are complementary to traditional mineral fertilizers and are crucial for achieving balanced crop nutrition.

“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.”