China's Potash Strategy

Jun 26, 2012 | 10:01 GMT
A field with an overburden heap of a former potash plant in the distance.
An overburden heap of the former potash plant of the Teutschenthal mine.
(Photo by Sebastian Willnow/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Chinese demand for potash, a critical fertilizer component containing nutrients that improve growth and water retention and increase crop yields, may grow by as much as 14 percent by 2020, while some major potash producers are expected to cut production by approximately 10 percent in 2012. Demand from other developing economies will further strain global supplies of the strategic commodity in the long term. To secure its own supply, China is pursuing stakes in several foreign potash production companies....

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