Published On: Thu, 18 Sep 2014

Mr. Khalifa Al Sowaid, QAFCO CEO at GPCA Conference QAFCO participated in the 5th Annual GPCA fertiliser convention held in Dubai, from 16th to 18th September, 2014.  The convention is today a well-established and essential event in the global industry calendar. This year the convention focuses on challenges ahead for the fertilizer industry in ensuring global food security. The convention tries to address the issue via three key aspects of growth, sustainability and efficiency.

Mr. Khalifa Al Sowaidi, QAFCO CEO and vice-Chairman, in his opening remarks at the fertiliser convention, said, “The world population which is projected to increase by almost one billion people within the next twelve years presents a huge challenge before us.” Emphasizing on increasing yield per hectare, he said,” With the talks of agricultural intensification gaining ground, the road map for our industry’s future is more or less defined. Augmenting production, product value addition, diversification and focus on research and development will be the drivers of growth in the coming years.”

On the role of regional fertiliser manufacturers, he said, “Parts of Africa, South East Asia and America will be the centers of population growth hence, fertiliser industries in the Middle east stand to play significant role in the years to come by the virtue of their geographical location as well as easier access to raw materials.” 

Speaking on sustainability, one of the key themes of the convention, Mr. Al Sowaidi said, “­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Adopting a sustainable approach to fertilizer production is a fundamental pillar of the industry’s commitment to sustainable agriculture and product stewardship. Efficient production of fertilizers via operational improvements is key towards improving fertilizer performance and efficiency, and in turn supporting nutrient efficiency. At QAFCO, through the adoption of state-of-the-art and energy efficient technologies, we were able to achieve 13% reduction in specific energy consumption for urea production, which consequently resulted in reduced carbon emission intensity of our products.”

Speaking on QAFCO’s collaboration with universities of Qatar, he said, “QAFCO has taken the lead to collaborate in research activities with local universities and provide facilities that will benefit many industries in Qatar, such as deployment of DeNOx technology. The company has signed an MoU with Qatar University (QU) to build and commission a heat exchanger pilot plant and appoint a QAFCO Chair in Energy Systems at the College of Engineering (CENG). Through this initiative, we aim to strengthen collaboration between industry and academia to enhance the process of connecting research with education for achieving the objectives and priorities for Qatar.” QAFCO has sponsored 25 students from Qatar to be part of the international convention.

 He further said that through this convention being organized by GPCA, the global players can discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities, in this changing global and regional market conditions.

The convention program has been developed specifically to help the global fertilizer industry meet challenges and explore growth opportunities amidst rapidly changing global and regional market conditions. The convention has its speakers from a very broad band of the industry from the 6 continents. The program includes keynote presentations from international organizations such as the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) International Fertilizer Association and various other international industrial associations and companies.

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