Use of phosphorus in the agricultural sector

This indicator measures how much phosphorus-based fertiliser is used in the Flemish agricultural sector. It also shows what kinds of fertilisers are used.

42.6 kt

In 2018, the Flemish agricultural sector used 43 kt of phosphorus-based fertiliser, 95% of which was animal fertiliser.

What do we see?

The chart below shows how the use of phosphorus-based fertiliser has evolved over the last ten years. In general, there has been a downward trend.  

Furthermore, we see that mostly animal fertiliser (95%) was used. Based on these figures, the proportion of synthetic (3%) and organic (2.3%) fertilisers is almost negligible.



What’s the aim?

In a circular economy, we first and foremost want to reduce the amount of fertiliser used to limit the impact on the environment. There are various strategies to achieve this, including training farmers and using new technologies. 

We also want to keep the use of synthetic fertiliser to a minimum because other materials are needed for this. The preference is therefore to use animal and organic fertiliser as they allow the food chain to come full circle.

What does this indicator measure?

This indicator measures how much phosphorus-based fertiliser is used in the Flemish agricultural sector. We make a distinction between three types of fertiliser:

  • Animal fertiliser
  • Synthetic fertiliser
  • Organic fertiliser (e.g. compost)

The data comes from the annual report on fertiliser produced by the Flemish Land Agency (VLM).

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