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 October 15 2010
Participants of the international seminar visit the Gosan Nonghyup Agricutural Resource Recycling Center in Jeonbuk, Korea.

Participants of the international seminar visit the Gosan Nonghyup Agricutural Resource Recycling Center in Jeonbuk, Korea.

SUWON, KOREA-- - In view of the increasing world food demand, fertilizer policy remains to be a significant part of every nation’s food security strategy. In the Asian and Pacific (ASPAC) region, some advanced countries have declining fertilizer demand trends, toward increasing fertilizer efficiency and recycling of organic resources as the major strategies. Meanwhile, in most developing countries, fertilizer consumption is still increasing rapidly, and providing sufficient fertilizer supply to small-scale farmers at reasonable price remains an important policy and technological issue. With the growing public awareness on sustainable and environment-friendly practices in food production, there is now an increasing direction toward 'high efficacy, ecologically-sound, and user-friendly' fertilizer products.

Amid the current situation and future trends on the demand and supply of fertilizers for sustainable food production, FFTC in cooperation with the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of Korea and the Taiwan Fertilizer Co. Ltd., organized the international seminar on Fertilizer Policy for Ensuring Sustainable Food Production in the Asian and Pacific Region held on 21-26 June 2010 in RDA, Suwon, Korea. Attended by nine resource speakers from five countries (India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan ROC) and 20 local participants/observers, the seminar served as a venue for the sharing and exchange of information on technology development in the production and use of innovative/appropriate fertilizers for sustainable food production; and to deliberate on the current fertilizer policy issues in the Asian region.

Specifically, the speakers deliberated on the current situation of the usage of organic resources and best management practices for soil management/fertility; appropriate fertilizer technology development such as bio-fertilizer, slow-release fertilizer, and coated fertilizer; policy direction to boost the use of high-quality biofertilizers; and measures to address possible constraints in the development, production, and commercialization of appropriate/innovative fertilizers. In the area of fertilizer policy, the discussions revolved on: supply and demand situation of chemical fertilizers; review of the efficiency of fertilizer production and distribution system, and fertilizer delivery prices; lessons and experiences on the development of fertilizer production and marketing; and policy strategies to meet the increasing need for fertilizers and to ensure its effective and economical sustainable supply.