United fertilizers company LTD.
Official distributor of Uralchem and Uralkali
mineral fertilizers in Africa

Information for farmers

Why are mineral fertilizers necessary for farmers?

Mineral fertilizers – inorganic substances (primarily salts), containing nutrients required to plants. Traditionally used in agriculture. They are more accessible than organic, produce an immediate positive effect and have a broad spectrum of action. Convenient and affordable to transport. In order to create healthy crops full of nutrients, farmers need to work with healthy soil.

Mineral fertilizers have a great effect on the soil:

  • enrich the soil with nutrients
  • alter the reaction of the soil solution
  • influence microbiological processes

Farmers turn to fertilizers because these substances contain plant nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

Types of mineral fertilizers
  • Potash
  • Nitrogen
  • Multiple-nutrient
  • Water-soluble

Potash fertilizers

Potassium fertilizer is sometimes called potash fertilizer. This is because potassium fertilizers often contain a substance called potash. Potassium helps regulate plant metabolism and affects water pressure inside and outside of plant cells. It is important for good root development. For these reasons, potassium is critical to plant stress tolerance. The effectiveness of potassium fertilizers depends on their content of accompanying elements, such as sodium and chlorine. The use of potassium fertilizers (ideally, together with phosphorus fertilizers) increases the productivity of meadows and improves hay quality.

Taken up by the plant as K+

  • Does not form organic compounds in the plant
  • Is vital to photosynthesis and protein synthesis
  • Is associated with many metabolic functions
  • Essential role for regulating leaf stomata and controlling water use

Nitrogen fertilizers

One of the main benefits – excellent diffuse properties. Nitrogen in fertilizers: In simple terms, nitrogen promotes plant growth. It is associated with leafy, vegetative growth. Nitrogen is part of every protein in the plant, so it's required for virtually every process—from growing new leaves to defending against pests. Nitrogen is part of the chlorophyll molecule, which gives plants their green color and is involved in creating food for the plant through photosynthesis. Lack of nitrogen shows up as general yellowing (chlorosis) of the plant. Because nitrogen can move around in the plant, older growth often yellows more than the new growth.

Multiple-nutrient fertilizers

Multi-nutrient fertilisers (MN-fertilisers) or compound fertilisers contain two or more major nutrients. The term complex fertiliser refers to a compound fertiliser formed by mixing ingredients that react chemically. All these nutrients will help in proper yield as they play a very major role in soil management and growth of the plants. Among growers, there is a huge demand for the multi-nutrition fertilizer for its nature. Each nutrient plays a major role in the growth of the plant and the soil improvement. The multi-nutrient fertilizer is considered to be very vital for the plant life, owing to the improvement in the soil fertility. The multi-nutrient fertilizer is cost-effective and easy-to-apply.

Water-soluble fertilizers

Water soluble fertilizers can contain all the nutrients needed by crops, such as n, p, k, Ca, Mg, s, and trace elements, and so on. Water soluble fertilizer is a quick-acting fertilizer allows growers to quickly see the effect of fertilizer and anytime depending on the crop growth adjustments to fertilizer. Water-soluble fertilizers generally fewer impurities, low electrical conductivity, concentration is very easy to adjust, so it is safe even for young seedlings, without fear of burning seedlings and other adverse consequences. Water soluble fertilizer in short, are more economical than solid, granular ones for large scale farming practices. Water Soluble Fertilizers are highly reliable for supplying necessary macro and micro nutrients to budding crops.