MJP Supplies, which distributes the Algifol seaweed-based biostimulant in the UK, has announced a 33% increase in year-on-year sales in the first six months of 2022.
Between the 1st of January and the 1st of July, more than 3,000 litres of Algifol was reportedly sold in the UK.
“The rising cost of fertilisers, the hot weather and extremely low rainfall have all contributed to an uplift in sales as growers seek ways to help establish and then protect their crops,” said Marcus Palmer, owner of MJP Supplies.
“We’ve also benefited from lots of repeat orders from growers who have seen the positive effect of Algifol in previous years.”
The company has sold Algifol since 2007, with average sales of between 2,000 and 3,000 litres per year. A study by Colla and Rouphael in 2015 found that biostimulants had a positive impact on crop growth and yield, and abiotic and biotic stress tolerance.
Made from brown algae, gathered from the ocean, dried and refined through special processes, Algifol boasts a wealth of trace elements, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, polyuronides and growth-regulating plant hormones.
Algifol’s manufacturer – Neomed Pharma – says it is a natural nitrogen source due to the high presence of amino acids and peptides. This makes Algifol ideal for combined use with reduced amounts of N fertiliser. When used with a reduced amount of fertiliser, Algifol naturally improves the nitrogen use efficiency of the crop, producing a better crop and reducing the use of costly fertilisers.
Algifol is available in one litre (£21.99+VAT) and 10-litre cans directly from Marcus via his website – www.mjpsupplies.co.uk