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Fertilizer consumption per unit of arable land

(kilograms per hectare)

In 2016, fertilizer consumption in Iceland was 181.5 kilograms per hectare. In the ranking by fertilizer consumption including 159 countries, Iceland has the 40th rank that is close to the positions of such countries as Hungary and the Ireland. Compared to Australia which at the top of the ranking with fertilizer consumption of 68.1 kilograms per hectare in 2016, Iceland has 166.55 % percent higher fertilizer consumption.

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What is fertilizer consumption?

Fertilizer consumption measures the quantity of plant nutrients used per unit of arable land. Fertilizer products cover nitrogenous, potash, and phosphate fertilizers (including ground rock phosphate). Traditional nutrients--animal and plant manures--are not included. For the purpose of data dissemination, FAO has adopted the concept of a calendar year (January to December). Some countries compile fertilizer data on a calendar year basis, while others are on a split-year basis. Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation is excluded.