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Helping to feed the world’s growing population


Farms already occupy four tenths of the earth’s surface with – in most places – almost no suitable spare land. Nearly all recent expansion has been in the tropics, with much of the rainforest lost each year, although the newly cleared soil is of poor quality.

There have been many gains in yield over the past two decades, yet there is still room for improvement. Raising African production to European levels, for example, would enable the continent to produce half as much food again. Of course, this implies the need for the use of a lot more fertilizer, and this is where PPC ADOB Sp. z o.o. Sp. k. comes in.

“Microelements are becoming more important than ever, as there is a worldwide shortage of new arable land and a lack of water,” says Adam Nawrocki, who founded the company in 1990, drawing on his university education in chemistry and his experience in the fertilizer business. “We started out with BASF-licensed fertilizers and have developed a whole product line in the meantime, including several patented developments that set us apart from competitors.”

Since its foundation in 1990, PPC ADOB has focussed on the production of micronutrient fertilizers and inorganic chemicals, international trading in fertilizers and chemical raw materials, and the implementation of new, environment-friendly fertilization technologies.

At the same time, the company has been involved in research on new products and technologies for agriculture and the chemical industry. Beyond the production of the well-known foliar fertilizers BASFOLIAR®/AZOSOL manufactured under BASF license, PPC ADOB offers a wide range of micronutrient fertilizers containing EDTA, IDHA or HBED chelates and based on technologies developed by its own R&D department in cooperation with international companies.

PPC ADOB’s product range also includes tailor-made compositions of micronutrients to suit individual customer requirements. Needless to say, all products are registered and accepted by the European Fertilizer Directive 2003. This also applies to ADOB’s new bio IDHA and HBED chelates that play an important role in the so-called Harvest Zinc Project, a development project initiated by Bill Gates and the World Bank.

“The project aims to increase awareness of the fact that there is a zinc deficiency in the soil of many poorer countries, which causes problems for the population including diseases of young children,” explains Mr. Nawrocki, PPC ADOB’s managing director to this day. “We joined the four-year project in 2011 and want to show that zinc fertilizers are vital for the seven countries taking part, namely Chile, India, Thailand, Turkey, Zambia, Brazil and Pakistan.”

According to Mr. Nawrocki, the fertilizers containing biodegradable zinc are being used on the staple crops of these countries, which are rice, wheat, soybeans and corn. The results will be published to the countries to illustrate how vitally important zinc is for humans.

“We have already been partially successful, and the Indian government is subsidizing zinc fertilizers to poor farmers,” adds Mr. Nawrocki. “For producers, the results will provide an excellent platform to compare results and enter new markets.”

Depending on the species, variety and vegetation period, the nutritional needs of crop plants vary significantly. The majority of essential nutrients is taken up by plants from soil. However, supplying plants with nutrients from soil is not always effective enough due to the low concentration of nutrients in soil.

Moreover, some crop plant species have a high demand for selected elements. This is why ADOB favours foliar fertilization with multi-component fertilizers and trace elements to ensure the correct development and growth of plants grown upon certain soil and climatic conditions.

The Polish enterprise offers special fertilizing programs for cereals, stone fruits and orchards. Production at PPC ADOB’s two modern works in Poznań and Wrocław itself is based on advanced technologies in order to provide products of high quality and efficiency.

Facilities include a state-of-the-art crystallization unit, the unique, patented HBED production unit, and a conversion system for the cost-efficient production of solid calcium nitrate in uniform, round and dust-free granules ideal for bagging and transportation.

Customers in many parts of the world appreciate the efficacy and unique properties of PPC ADOB fertilizers, a fact that is confirmed by exports accounting for two thirds of the company’s 55 million EUR turnover.

In all, PPC ADOB employs some 230 employees, 16 in R&D alone, and cooperates with representative offices and joint venture partners in various countries worldwide. PPC ADOB will continue to contribute its own share to feeding the world’s population and is optimistic about its own development in the future, especially as its production capacity will be considerably enlarged by mid-2014 due to ongoing investments.

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