Nov 8, 2013
Global Soil Week: K+S KALI GmbH stresses the importance of minerals for soil fertility
During Global Soil Week, K+S KALI GmbH again pointed out the importance of minerals for soil fertility. “Soil fertility lays the foundation for the yield”, stressed Prof. Dr. Andreas Gransee, head of the department of Applied Research and Advisory Service Agro of K+S KALI GmbH, on the expert panel. “And in turn, a balanced supply of minerals is an essential foundation for soil fertility.”
The aim of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies’ (IASS) event, held at the end of October in the German capital Berlin, was, together with representatives from the world of politics, science and civil society, to develop concrete approaches to soil protection and sustainable agriculture.
The experts agreed that fertile soil is one of the most important resources worldwide and an essential requirement for ensuring that the world’s population is fed.
With its mineral fertilizers as well as its research activities and consulting for farmers, K+S KALI GmbH is making an important contribution to preserving or – where necessary – improving soil fertility for future generations.
Sustainable soil management for Africa
The expert panel focused on sustainable nutrient management for soils in sub-Saharan Africa. The member states of the African Union have decided to increase the use of mineral fertilizers to at least 50 kg per hectare by 2015, in order to increase the yields of land under cultivation.
The discussion raised the question of whether soil fertility can be ensured only by organic fertilisation. K+S KALI GmbH takes the view that organic substances are an important element of fertilisation management, but that this must be supplemented by mineral fertilizers in order to increase the low nutrient content of soils in many regions and therefore to enhance soil fertility. In its “Growth for Uganda” aid project, the Company devotes itself to this context, in order to improve the situation of smallholders.
Global Soil Week – a platform for soil fertility
Global Soil Week is an international multi-stakeholder event which was established as a platform in 2012. Among other things, it aims to address the ambitious objective of the Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 2012 that there should be no further net soil degradation. The event was carried out by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the European Commission, the German Federal Environment Office, the German Society for International Cooperation and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
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