OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - To mark 50 years of the Canadian potash
industry and its significant contributions to fueling the Canadian
economy, a notable exhibit opened today at the Canada Science and
Technology Museum in Ottawa. The "Potash: Feeding the World" launch
event featured an expert panel discussion exploring Canada's leading
role in potash mining and exporting.
"Potash is one of the most important minerals in fertilizer," said Bill
Doyle, President and CEO of Saskatchewan-based PotashCorp, "and
Canada's rich potash deposits are essential to the production of food
around the world." Canada has 46 per cent of global potash reserves and
a significant portion of these reserves are found in the Prairie
Evaporite Deposit in Saskatchewan.
"This interactive exhibit provides the opportunity for people to learn
about the extraction process, the construction of mine sites, and how
potash is processed, in addition to examining actual samples of the
mineral," said Mike Wilson, President and CEO of Agrium. "In 2011
Canada exported $6.7 billion worth of potash to countries such as the
United States, China, Brazil and India," said Wilson.
The exhibit invites visitors to take a journey from below the earth's
surface to halfway around the world. Visitors assume various roles,
such as a prospector searching for deposits, a scientist examining
potash samples, a miner extracting the mineral, or a farmer fertilizing
"Canada produces 32 per cent of all potash production globally, making
us the world's largest potash producer and exporter," said Rick
McLellan, Senior Vice President, The Mosaic Company. "Our industry
employs more than 5,000 Canadians, all of whom will benefit from the
growing global demand for potash. The work we do is essential to
helping farmers grow more food—and help achieve global food security,"
SOURCE: Canadian Fertilizer Institute
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