By Leia Michele Toovey- Exclusive to Potash Investing NewsPotash producers continue to struggle in today's economic climate. Analysts are confident in the long-term health of the sector, but in the short-term pressure will remain. Global economic uncertainty continues to reign over the market, and this will continue to affect farmer's apprehensions in returning to market. Low prices and low sales volumes are bound to leave some miners to struggle, and this leaves them ripe for acquisitions. Takeover activity in the potash market has heated up since the economy plunged into a recession. Most recently, mining giant BHP took over Athabasca potash. There were even rumors that mining mecca BHP would make a bid for potash giant Potash Corp of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT). The latest speculation to hit the market is that Western Potash Corp is next in line for a takeover. According to Investment research specialist Fundamental Research Corp (FRC), the recent acquisitions has increased the focus on potash projects by other majors - including Vale SA (NYSE: VALE) and state-backed Chinese groups. The FRC believes that Vale is a potential suitor due to the fact that the company already holds exploration permits next to Western. FRC also noted that most of China's potash imports come from Canada, and Chinese state-run mining companies are also showing an interest in projects. Company News German agriculture company K+S AG, who just last week reported that they are looking to divest their interests in their home and garden fertilizer unit, claims that they have already been approached by numerous parties. According to Chief Financial Officer Jan Peter Nonnenkamp, “we can imagine selling Compo if our expectations for the price are me.” K+S, hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to advise on the sale, and is exiting the Compo retail brand to focus on supplying salt and potash to farmers. The division, which had sales of about 400 million euros ($503 million) last year, may fetch at least 110 million euros. The company has not yet received any binding offers, however, they aim to sell the unit by next year.