As global supply chains come under pressure, Nutrien Ag Solutions has expanded its fertiliser business, with the launch of a new liquid fertiliser Bulk N (Urea Ammonium Nitrate) storage facility to sure up access for WA farmers to a vital crop input.
With the facility located at Kwinana, Nutrien Ag Solutions Managing Director Rob Clayton says West Australian farmers are the beneficiary of this significant investment in capacity.
“This increase in the supply and consistency of Bulk N in WA is about setting farmers up for success and reflects our confidence in the future growth of the industry here in Australia,” says Mr Clayton.
“Agriculture has proved to be one of the shining lights during the recent supply chain pressures and Covid restrictions over the past two years. There is enormous confidence in the agriculture sector, and we believe this is only going to continue to climb, and Nutrien Ag Solutions is well positioned to support our farmers through this growth,” says Mr Clayton.
The long-term bulk storage and services agreement between Nutrien Ag Solutions and local WA company, Coogee Chemicals, has increased Nutrien’s liquid storage capacity in WA to 50,000mt – complementing its granular fertiliser storage capacity of more than 200,000mt across an additional five depot locations in WA.
The Bulk N facility was commissioned in June this year in preparation for the expected strong in-season demand.
Nutrien Ag Solutions West Region Manager Andrew Duperouzel says Nutrien Ag Solutions is focused on making investments to safeguard growers in the face of global uncertainty.
“According to the latest forecast by the Grain Industry of Western Australia (GIWA), grain production is expected to reach around 20 million tonnes this year, one of the best years in recent times,” says Mr Duperouzel.
This year will be a testament to the innovation of WA farmers – the early adoption of technology, sustainable practices, use of data and the application of high-quality advice from farm services has helped our growers produce a strong crop this winter, which has seen a big demand for fertiliser.
“The demand for the long-term, safe and secure supply of liquid fertiliser in WA has been steadily increasing over the past decade and Nutrien Ag Solutions is well positioned to supply WA growers as the sector continues to grow,” says Mr Duperouzel.