7 Jun 2022 15:14

Ministry hopes Russia will sustain level of fertilizer output in 2022

NOVOKUZNETSK. June 7 (Interfax) - The Russian Industry and Energy Ministry hopes the country this year will produce at least as much fertilizer as it did in 2021.

"It's hard to make forecasts in current conditions, but it seems to me that we must maintain last year's dynamics: we hope that we will be able to produce more than 58 million tonnes this year, despite all the restrictions. A lot will depend on how the situation unfolds, because we are having certain difficulties exporting fertilizers. Nevertheless, we are trying to resolve them together with businesses," Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Mikhail Ivanov told reporters on the sidelines of the Russian Coal and Mining exhibition.

"At least last year's level," he said, when asked how much fertilizer he expected would be produced this year.

Fertilizer production grew 7% in 2021 to 58.6 million tonnes, the Russian Fertilizer Producers Association said.