Restrictions on Using More Fertilizer for Food Crops in Developing Countries

ID-77-6: Published: Jul 5, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 1977.

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Developing countries could produce more food by using more fertilizer. Although steps have been taken to produce more fertilizer, its use is often hindered by the individual countries' policies and institutional constraints.

Farmers in many developing countries find it difficult to use more fertilizer due to such governmental policies as the maintenance of artificially low food prices for urban populations which discourage farmers from using high cost agricultural products. Fertilizer use should be considered along with other methods of increasing crop yield and as part of a needed effort to increase food crops in developing countries.

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