According to the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), between 2011 and 2016, 68% of global potassium production comes from Canada, Russia and Belarus.
Imports account for most of Brazil’s potash supply as domestic supply cannot support internal demand. According to the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, in 2014, Brazil imported more than 9 million tons of potassium chloride (KCl), ranking the nutrient Brazil’s 6th most significant imported product.
Potassium is an essential input for the viability of Brazilian agribusiness. However, the most common source of potassium currently imported is not the most suitable for Brazil’s climate and soil conditions. This has led Verde’s research for an ideal, feasible potassium source for Brazilian agriculture. To help us with such a venture, Verde turned to Dr. Alysson Paolinelli, the former Minister of Agriculture, considered to be the father of tropical agriculture. Dr. Paolinelli, one of the most influential names during Brazil’s agricultural revolution in the 1970s, argues that the development of specific techniques and technologies for the tropical biome is the key to success in attaining prosperous and sustainable agriculture.