Granular Fertilizers Production
November 12-16, 2012
Program Fee: US $1,600 (by October 12, 2012) or US $1,800 (after October 12, 2012)
The production of homogeneous granular fertilizers often involves complex manufacturing processes. There are many variables involved in the granulation process, particularly the large number of raw materials and combinations that are routinely processed in a single plant, especially for NPKs. Additionally, variations in climatic conditions, equipment design and configurations and operator skills also affect the production process and product quality.
Because granular fertilizers play an important role in fertilizer supply strategies worldwide, this workshop is organized to facilitate a better understanding of the technology and methods used for their production. This workshop will examine the specialized plant engineering and manufacturing criteria required for the production of high-quality granular fertilizers.
The workshop is designed to:
- Provide an overview on the fundamentals of granulation.
- Provide an overview of alternatives for producing granular fertilizers.
- Expose participants to various processes and equipment used in producing granular fertilizers and the unique problems encountered during production.
- Increase understanding of appropriate methods for storing and handling raw materials and products of granulated, compacted and blended NPK fertilizers, as well as the unique problems encountered in storing and handling these products.
- Examine quality issues related to producing, storing and handling granular fertilizers.
Who Should Attend
The workshop is designed for:
- Engineers who are new to the fertilizer industry.
- Technical managers and engineers engaged in production, design, storage and handling of granulated, compacted and blended fertilizers.
- Quality control, process and design engineers engaged in engineering, equipment supply and revamping granular fertilizer plants.
- Entrepreneurs contemplating the establishment of fertilizer granulation production facilities.
The program will be conducted in English.
The workshop will cover various topics including, but not limited to:
- Technology, design and equipment for the production of granular fertilizers and the incorporation of micronutrients.
- Storage and handling of granulated, compacted and blended fertilizers and the raw materials from which they are produced.
- Quality issues in production, storage and handling of granular fertilizers.
- Engineering and equipment manufacturers’ presentations on processes and equipment for producing and handling the various granulated fertilizer types.
- Presentations on closely related topics, such as physical and chemical properties of fertilizers and sampling.
- Sessions will address DAP, MAP and NPK granulation processes with an emphasis on urea-based NPKs, as well as compaction/granulation and bulk blending.
- Field trip to granular fertilizer production facilities.
Participants will be exposed to a range of topics through classroom presentations, classroom discussions, participant breakout sessions for practical problem -solving exercises and a field trip to visit granular fertilizer production and storage facilities.
The program faculty will include subject matter experts from IFDC and partner organizations.
Situated in an ideal location of Bangkok, the Royal Benja Hotel has a definite advantage of in and out-bound transportation. The first-class hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the popular Sukhumvit shopping and entertainment area of Bangkok and offers easy access to the BTS Skytrain and MRT underground services, which enable guests to hop around without traffic. It is located only 30 minutes away from Suvarnabhumi Airport via the main expressway.
Participants will be extended IFDC’s special deluxe single room rate of 1,800 baht/net/night (approximately US $57/person/night) inclusive of service charge, government tax and international breakfast buffet. This rate is valid for reservations made no later than October 12, 2012. After this date, reservations will be subject to hotel room availability and at the best available rate. Participants are responsible for reservation and payment of accommodations at the Royal Benja Hotel.
Visa and Medical Insurance
APPLICATIONS FOR VISAS SHOULD BE MADE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. Participants who are not eligible to enter Thailand without a visa should apply at the nearest embassy of Thailand for a visa. All required immunizations and health formalities should be completed. Medical insurance should be obtained by participants. The training program fee does not cover any medical insurance or expenses.
Cost and Enrollment
The program fee for this training course is US $1,600 per participant. This fee is due with enrollment but no later than October 12, 2012. A non-refundable deposit of US $200 is required with each registration. The deposit will be credited toward the program fee which is due four (4) weeks before the program is scheduled. Thereafter, a Late Fee will apply. The program fee, less the deposit, will be refunded for cancellations made two (2) weeks before the commencement of the program. Ninety percent of the paid fee will be returned and 10 percent, in addition to the deposit, will be charged to cover administrative costs for cancellations made between two (2) weeks and one (1) week before the commencement of the program. Cancellations made less than one (1) week before the commencement of the program will receive no refund.
Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Paid participants will receive priority. Registration and program fee payments should reach IFDC by October 12, 2012. Those received thereafter will be accepted at IFDC’s discretion and incur an additional US $200 late fee. An organization wishing to enroll more than one participant should supply information and payment for each participant.
Payment of the program fee can be made by: (1) check or draft payable to IFDC; (2) wire transfer to IFDC’s account in the U.S.A. through First Metro Bank, 406 West Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., ABA number 062203955 for credit to IFDC Account number 55281; or (3) major credit card – MasterCard, Visa or American Express.
The program fee covers registration, training and reference material, coffee/tea breaks, all lunches and surface transportation on field trips. The fee does not include air travel, lodging and dinner expenses, or medical and communication expenses. Participants should plan to arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday, November 11, 2012.
IFDC is a nonprofit, public international organization (PIO) dedicated to increasing agricultural productivity and food production through the development and use of plant nutrients in sustainable crop production systems. Headquartered in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., IFDC is involved in human resource development, research and technical assistance in collaboration with public, private, national and international organizations throughout the world. IFDC has conducted about 700 formal workshops, study tours and training programs for more than 10,000 participants from 150 countries since 1974. The programs have covered a wide range of subjects including integrated soil fertility management and fertilizer use efficiency, fertilizer production technology, agro-input dealerships, competitive marketing, supply chain management, investment analysis, policy reforms and numerous specialized topics.
For more information:
Director, Training and Workshop Coordination Unit
P.O. Box 2040
Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662, U.S.A.
Telephone: +1 (256) 381-6600 +1 (256) 381-6600
Telefax: +1 (256) 381-7408
As a nonprofit organization, IFDC does not finance or sponsor any participant.