As a major exporter of fertilizers, brazil potash depends heavily on foreign supplies to grow crops like soy and corn. In the past, that meant purchasing potash from companies such as Canada’s PotashCorp and Russia. But disruptions caused by the war in eastern Ukraine have forced Brazilian buyers to seek alternative sources for the essential mineral used for replenishing soil nutrients.
One potential source is the Autazes Potash Project, 120 km southeast of Manaus in the state of Amazonas. If successful, the project would alleviate Brazil’s reliance on foreign imports by producing more than 20% of the country’s potash needs.
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To date, the company has raised 240 million dollars and has secured a key installation license to begin construction. Management also believes the project will be one of the most environmentally clean in the world as 85% of energy will come from renewables, and the project will minimize greenhouse gas emissions by transporting its potash to customers via barges already traveling down the Madeira River to port for shipping to China and Europe.
A major focus is transforming the communities where the company will operate, and in addition to providing jobs, Brazil Potash has contributed funding to build infrastructure for these areas. In the Urucurituba village, for example, the company built a new school and donated materials for repairing community buildings. Similarly, it provided seedlings from its own nursery to the region, helping to support agriculture in local villages and contribute to food security.