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* K+S says fertiliser wholesalers have accepted new price
* Demand from farmers in end markets will be seen in spring
* Shares extend gains, up 2.7 percent
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FRANKFURT, Feb 3 German salt miner K+S SDFG.DE
said a January price cut for its main product potash has
triggered strong demand from fertiliser wholesalers, adding to
signals that the embattled market for the key crop nutrient is
"Since the price change we are seeing very strong demand.
The new price is being accepted," a K+S spokesman said on
It remains to be seen, however, whether European farmers,
who are due to start applying potash to fields in the spring,
will follow suit, he added.
The shares extended gains and were up 2.7 percent at 43.1
euros at 1125 GMT, while Germany's benchmark DAX index .GDAXI
was up 0.2 percent.
The recent spell of cold weather and snow have led to some
disruptions in hauling fertiliser products to ports and to
wholesalers, the spokesman also said.
K+S, the world's fourth-largest potash supplier, said on
Jan. 8 the potash price might have bottomed out after cutting
prices to 285 euros ($396.5) per tonne for Europe, its largest
K+S planned to raise the price to at least 295 euros per
tonne in March, it said at the time.
The market for potash, a key crop nutrient alongside
phosphorus and nitrogen, is slowly recovering after China, the
world's largest user, struck a bellwether procurement deal with
Belarussian Potash Company (BPC) in December.
Also on Wednesday, major potash exporter BPC said it raised
spot prices for Brazil and Asia by over 6 percent, reflecting
growing world demand for the soil nutrient, and planned to
strike its next deals at the end of March or in April.
BPC, based in Minsk, is the exclusive export agent for
Russian potash miner Uralkali (URKA.MM).
Global suppliers, dominated by Canadian and Russian miners
such as Uralkali, Potash Corp (POT.TO) and Mosaic (MOS.N), had
reined in production amid protracted talks with China.
(Reporting by Ludwig Burger)