IFDC Report, Volume 3, No. 2

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This report summarizes the activities and findings of a study group from the People's Republic of China (PRC) visiting the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). The study group, consisting of chemical engineers and representatives from research institutions and fertilizer industries in China, engaged in discussions with IFDC staff on improving the nutrient efficiency of nitrogen fertilizers and utilizing phosphate raw materials for phosphatic fertilizer production. The visit also included tours of various fertilizer facilities in different states of the United States. Additionally, the report highlights a training course on fertilizer use in the tropics offered by IFDC in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria. The course aims to enhance participants' skills in fertilizer research and extension for food crops in tropical regions. Furthermore, the report outlines IFDC's ongoing research projects, including efforts to develop modified urea materials for better nutrient release in rice cultivation and explore thermal and chemical methods to upgrade phosphate rock for improved agronomic performance. It also mentions IFDC's market development studies in Bangladesh and the Caribbean Basin and its efforts to gather fertilizer-related information through global surveys and analyses. The report provides a glimpse into IFDC's collaborative initiatives and research endeavours in fertilizer development and utilization.
Phosphates, Fertilizers, Deep placement