Why is potash important?

potash-demandNinety-five percent of the world's potash is used in fertilisers, and is a key ingredient in enhancing plants ability to retain water. Potash increases crop yields and resistance to disease, and when used as a feed supplement it contributes to animal growth and milk production.

The world's farmers are under increasing pressure to produce more from diminishing reserves of arable land. As the world's population grows, the amount of land available for food production decreases. Therefore fertiliser is a vital tool to maximise farm outputs to produce more, with less.

As a result there has been an increasing demand for potash, leading to an underlying upward trend in prices.