Around two years ago, Brazil declared its intention to wean itself off of fertilizer imports by 2020. While acknowledging that it could not fully meet domestic potassium demand, Brazil's stated aim was to become self-sufficient in nitrogen and phosphates, and to reduce its dependence on foreign potash (water-soluble potassium) significantly. Considering that Brazil is one of the world's largest potash consumers, importing 90% of its requirements, might this be shaping up to be a major blow to international producers?
Feeding a hungry planet
Over the last 30 years, Brazil has transformed itself into a breadbasket, and it's done so in large measure by dramatically increasing farm inputs. The government is seeking to close that loop, putting pressure on the industry to triple spending on domestic fertilizer capacity over the course of the next five years.
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Apogee Silver Limited engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in South America. It primarily explores for silver, zinc, and lead deposits. The company�s principal property comprises the Pulacayo-Paca property that covers approximately 34,000 hectares and is located to the east of Uyuni city, Bolivia. It also owns an option to acquire up to 100% interest in the Cachinal Silver project, which consists of 59 concessions covering approximately 16,000 hectares and is located to the southeast of Antofagasta, Chile. The company was formerly known as Apogee Minerals Limited and changed its name to Apogee Silver Limited in March 2011. Apogee Silver Limited was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
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