Over the next 35 years, more food needs to be produced than has been to date in human history. The world’s population is set to increase by a third by 2050 and the demand for food production is forecasted to increase by 60%. At the same time, the land available for farming is decreasing and soils have widespread deficiencies in the nutrients that plants need to grow.
The conventional wisdom has been that more fertilizer brings more yield, but this has led to harmful environmental consequences. The over-application of the wrong fertilizers in many regions of the world has resulted in soil erosion and degradation leading to pollution, increased land conversion and habitat loss.
Simply applying more fertilizer is not a sustainable solution to increasing crop yields. What is required is the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices – the use of balanced fertilization to increase yields and improve soil health. Put simply, balanced fertilization is the use of the right ratio of nutrients for each individual soil or crop combination.
Sirius has made a long-term commitment to farmer education and promoting sustainable practices. The foundation of this effort is our ongoing research and development programme. The programme consistently demonstrates that POLY4 improves crop yield and quality and has positive environmental impacts, such as improvements in soil strength, structure and nutrient legacy, and helps to reduce agriculture’s impact by improving fertilizer use efficiency – ensuring more fertilizer is taken up by the plant and not lost into the environment.
In summary, POLY4 helps sustainable agriculture because it:
• improves nutrient use efficiency by delivering greater nutrient uptake
• improves soil strength and structure, supporting sustainable land management
• is certified for organic use
• increases plant disease resistance, thereby reducing the likely demand for pesticides
• is low chloride content and pH neutral nature
• is low carbon footprint
• has a simple non-chemical manufacturing process