Thailand strategy for fertilizer development - a prefeasibility study

., . (1980) Thailand strategy for fertilizer development - a prefeasibility study. Other. International Fertilizer Development Center, Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35660, USA.

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Agriculture is a cornerstone of Thailand's economy. In recent years the cultivation of more marginal farmland, low-level use of farm inputs, and slow technological change have resulted in a decline in agricultural output and crop yields. Thailand's level of fertilizer use is among the lowest in Southeast Asia; it must be expanded to maximize crop production. Fertilizer demand has tripled in the past decade, and a 50% increase in total nutrient demand is forecast by 1985. Lacking a natural resource base, Thailand's fertilizer needs have been met almost entirely by imports, giving rise to a mounting drain on foreign exchange reserves. The impending development of recently discovered natural gas reserves in the Gulf of Thailand provides an opportunity for producing nitrogen fertilizers at world competition prices. The production of nitrogen fertilizers could serve as the foundation of a domestic fertilizer industry. How Thailand might utilize its indigenous fertilizer raw materials to facilitate domestic production of its growing fertilizer needs is the subject of this study. Alternate fertilizer production schemes which could form the basis of an overall short-term fertilizer suoply strategy are outlined and discussed.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agriculture, fertilizer, IFDC, Asia, Thailand
Author Affiliation: International Fertilizer Development Center
Subjects: Agricultural Engineering
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2012 08:25
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 08:25

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