Yara International has opened a new fertiliser terminal at Ringaskiddy at the Port of Cork in Southern Ireland.
It says the Ringaskiddy Terminal demonstrates its commitment to agriculture in the Republic of Ireland, starting with the 2010 appointment of its first sales agronomist there. The Irish team now numbers 8 people, including a grassland agronomist. Before, all product was sourced through its two import facilities in Northern Ireland - Belfast and Moira. Between them, the company estimates it has sufficient capacity to handle some 450-500,000 tonnes of product, equivalent to 25 - 30% of the market, with options to increase the size of the terminals.
The company says it has invested around €500,000 in creating the new Ringaskiddy terminal and associated bagging plant, which has created 15 jobs. It estimates the plant will generate a further €1 billion each year in revenue for the local business community.
The core products imported through the new terminal will be complex compound fertilisers (CCFs) specially formulated for Irish farming conditions and delivered through a network of partner distributors and agronomists.
“As interest in the provenance of how food grows, the traceability of products involved in the food chain will be increasingly important. Yara can deliver transparency and quality with a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its fertilizers from both production and application,” it states.