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4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
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FERTILISER USAGE



In 2012-13:

  • Fertiliser was applied to 57.8 million hectares of agricultural land in Australia, an increase of 24% in agricultural land fertilised compared to 2011-12.
  • The most prevalent types of manufactured fertiliser used by agricultural businesses were urea (1.1 million tonnes used) and ammonium phosphates (892,000 tonnes used).
  • Urea was reported as being used by approximately 31% of all agricultural businesses fertilising, whilst ammonium phosphates were each reported as being used by approximately 28% of businesses fertilising.
  • Animal manure was used by approximately 8% of agricultural businesses who reported fertiliser use. In total around 1.2 million tonnes of animal manure was applied in 2012-13, this was a fall of approximately 44% from 2011-12.


FERTILISER USE, Australia, year ended 30 June 2013


2012-13
Movement since
2011-12 (a)
%

Agricultural businesses reporting fertiliser use (no.)
75 657
1
Area fertiliser was applied to ('000 ha)
57 773
24
Amount of fertiliser used ('000 t)
6 493
-7
- Urea ('000 t)
1 093
-6
- Ammonium phosphates ('000 t)
892
-21
- Animal manure ('000 t)
1 165
-44

(a) 2011-12 figures for calculating percentage changes are sourced from Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4627.0)

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