Tunisia's production of phosphate reach 2.7 million tonnes this year

Tunisia Phosphate production reached 2.7 million tonnes in the first nine months down from previous expectations of about 3.4 million tonnes, state-run Gafsa Phosphate said on Tuesday.


Reuters | Updated: 19-10-2021 21:04 IST | Created: 19-10-2021 21:02 IST
Tunisia's production of phosphate reach 2.7 million tonnes this year
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Tunisia Phosphate production reached 2.7 million tonnes in the first nine months down from previous expectations of about 3.4 million tonnes, state-run Gafsa Phosphate said on Tuesday. Tunisia was once one of the world's largest producers of phosphate minerals, which are used to make fertilisers, but its market share fell after a 2011 uprising against then president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Since then, localised protests and strikes have steadily cut into production and caused billions of dollars in losses. Tunisia produced about 8.2 million tonnes of phosphate in 2010. That had dropped to 3.1 million tonnes last year and production is expected to be 3.7 million tonnes this year.

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