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November 1 – 3, 2017 ANTALYA -TURKEY “Pyrophyllite – Mineral of the future for application in agriculture.”

AD HARBI delegation visited XVII Balkan Mineral Processing Congress – who started 1 and finished 3 November in Antalya – TURKEY. At 3rd day of Congress our partner PhD. Ljubiša Andrić presented our mineral pyrophyllite and its application in agriculture.

Non-metallic mineral raw materials, such as pyrophyllite (Al2Si4O10(OH)2), have an important role in economic development, whether as final products or as raw materials in manufacturing in processing and other industries. By its available quantities, pyrophyllite is one of the most important domestic natural non-metallic mineral raw materials in BiH (18.000.000t). There are almost no economic sectors that do not use pyrophyllite. In other words, it is used in the majority of industries, including civil engineering, agriculture, and lately increasingly in technologies for environmental protection. The existence of potential raw material base, pyrophyllite, in significant quantities, provides extensive possibilities for the development of manufacture with a wide product range.

In recent past, the use of some of natural non-metallic mineral raw materials began in improvement of properties of degraded agricultural soils in rural areas, primarily including: limestone, zeolite and peat. However, the latest research of pyrophyllite deposits with their natural properties indicated they could be used in agricultural production (feed, fertilisers, plant protection, fruit growing, viniculture, vegetable growing, floriculture, herbs, forestry, greenhouse production) and in rural areas to:

– improve some features of degraded surfaces of agricultural land (meliorative use) and,

– restore biogenic and necessary mineral substances required for plants (fertilisation use) for a successful development, growth and maximum satisfactory quality yield of cultivated plants.

The use of natural non-metallic mineral raw material (pyrophyllite) in agricultural production will ensure a series of positive effects:

  • – development of conditions for initiation of agricultural plant production (which is also the basis for cattle production) under the principles of  organic agriculture, which results in agricultural products of high biological (eco) value, in demand both on our market and on the markets of developed countries;
  • – there is a realistic possibility for a positive foreign trade balance, which creates conditions for increased financial investments in the agricultural production;
  • – the country is relieved of import of certain raw materials (phosphates) for the production of mineral fertilisers, and import of energy sources (natural gas) for the production of certain mineral fertilisers;
  • – employment is increased in the exploitation of pyrophyllite, intended for agricultural production;
  • – rational use of surfaces of degraded agricultural land in agricultural production will be increased;
  • – in addition to the production of biologically more valuable (eco) food in compliance with the principles of organic agriculture, complete environmental protection will also be ensured.


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