Sirius Minerals says studies show polyhalite improves crop yields

Sirius Minerals says studies show its polyhalite has real benefits for commercial farming

Sirius Minerals says studies show its polyhalite has real benefits for commercial farming

First published in Business News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by

A COMPANY behind a £1.5bn mine says tests prove its fertiliser improves farming.

Sirius Minerals wants to extract millions of tonnes of polyhalite from under the North York Moors National Park, near Whitby.

The company says studies by Durham University, the University of Florida and China's Shandong Agricultural University on oilseed rape, potatoes and corn, show polyhalite improves commercial farming yields.

Bosses say the mining project, known as the York Potash Project, could create about 1,000 jobs.

The firm already has agreements to send millions of tonnes of polyhalite to companies in China, Latin America, the US and Africa.

Chris Fraser, Sirius' managing director and chief executive, said: “Our on-going global crop study programme continues to demonstrate the beneficial impact of polyhalite.

“With sales commitments for millions of tonnes already in place across four continents, it's clear there's an extremely large and growing market for this important mineral.”

Sirius hopes to submit the mine plans in July.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:04am Fri 2 May 14

babsnste says...

I DONT KNOW WHY ITS TAKING SO LONG FOR THIS TO GET GOING, THE WAY THE COUNTRY IS AT THE MOMENT WHY DOESN'T THE GOVERMENT JUST GET IT PASSED, IT CAN ONLY HAPPEN IN THE UK. SURELY IT CAN ONLY BE A GOOD THING FOR JOBS AND THE ECONOMY.
I DONT KNOW WHY ITS TAKING SO LONG FOR THIS TO GET GOING, THE WAY THE COUNTRY IS AT THE MOMENT WHY DOESN'T THE GOVERMENT JUST GET IT PASSED, IT CAN ONLY HAPPEN IN THE UK. SURELY IT CAN ONLY BE A GOOD THING FOR JOBS AND THE ECONOMY. babsnste
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree