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India: Fertilizer use, kg per hectare of arable land: For that indicator, FAO provides data for India from 2002 to 2016. The average value for India during that period was 148.5 kg per hectare of arable land with a minumum of 100.3 kg per hectare of arable land in 2002 and a maximum of 180.7 kg per hectare of arable land in 2011. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
Definition: Fertilizer consumption measures the quantity of plant nutrients used per unit of arable land. Fertilizer products cover nitrogenous, potash, and phosphate fertilizers (including ground rock phosphate). Traditional nutrients--animal and plant manures--are not included. For the purpose of data dissemination, FAO has adopted the concept of a calendar year (January to December). Some countries compile fertilizer data on a calendar year basis, while others are on a split-year basis. Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation is excluded.