News Release - January 18, 2001
POTASH INDUSTRY SETS PRODUCTION RECORD
Energy and Mines Minister Eldon Lautermilch announced today 2000 was a record
year for potash production in Saskatchewan.
According to preliminary statistics, Saskatchewan produced 14.3 million tonnes
KCl of potash for 2000, marginally exceeding the record level established in
1998. This amount is up 10 per cent compared with 1999.
"The higher production was a result of strong sales to most of the Saskatchewan
potash industry's major markets in Asia, Latin America and the United States,"
Lautermilch said. "The numbers for both production and sales in 2000 are a
continuation of the strong performance the industry has posted for the past
Total potash sales of 14.1 million tonnes KCl in 2000 just missed the record
sales set in 1997, but represented an 11 per cent increase over 1999 sales.
The Saskatchewan potash industry employs over 3,100 people in 10 mines located
throughout southern Saskatchewan.
For more information, contact:
Energy and Mines
Phone: (306) 787-2521