Tuesday, January 31, 2023

European farmers ask for more aid before the price of fertilizers

149%! That is, in one year the prices of season tickets have increased so much in the EU. Farmer Dominique Lebrun believes the cost per ton of fertilizer has skyrocketed because nitrogenous fertilizer production depends on the price of natural gas, which has risen dramatically in recent months. “It’s very complicated, whatever’s happening, in the current context, the increase in energy and all that, and fertilizers going up. So it’s very complicated. We have to make decisions that are not easy because if we buy are at the wrong time or if we sell at the wrong time, it’s disastrous for us,” LeBrun said.

As well as tending his 100-hectare family farm where he grows barley, wheat and sugar beets, Dominique Lebrun now negotiates prices. You are looking for the best time to buy fertilizers and sell your produce.

To deal with this situation, the European Commission presented a communication at the beginning of the month to guarantee availability and limit the cost of subscriptions. It proposes specific support for farmers, more sustainable practices and greater use of organic fertilizers. But for the European Federation of Agricultural Unions and Cooperatives (COPA), these measures are long-term measures. “They don’t mention financing and there is a huge cost to farmers. That’s why we are demanding windfall tax because we have seen massive profiteering from the fertilizer industry in this time of crisis. There needs to be more transparency ” Occurs in the fertilizer industry. The Commission should therefore now introduce more short-term measures,” said COPA Vice President Tim Cullinan.

The fertilizer crisis threatens the next crop. Without the farmer saving fertilizer, there could be lower yields, less production and therefore more expensive feed.

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