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'Mineral improves farms' yields'

May 2, 2014

A COMPANY behind a [pounds]1.5bn mine has said tests prove its fertiliser improves farming.

SiriusMinerals wants to extract millions of tonnes of polyhalite from under the North York Moors National Park, near Whitby.

It said studies by Durham University, the University of Florida and China'sShandong Agricultural University on oilseed rape, potatoes and corn, show polyhalite improves farming yields.

The York Potash Project, could create about 1,000 jobs.

The firm already has agreements to send millions of tonnes of polyhalite to companies in China, Latin America, the US and Africa.

Chris Fraser, Sirius' managing director and chief executive, said: "It's clear there's an extremely large and growing market for this important mineral."

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Source: Northern Echo (England)

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