MPs write to Minister on fertiliser inflation and food security
29 March 2022
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) has today written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon George Eustice MP.
Amid concerns over record increases in fertiliser prices, the letter seeks an update on what steps the Government will be taking to protect UK food production and food security by supporting farmers in managing these high costs.
The letter highlights reports from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) showing fertiliser price increases of between 70 and 140 per cent over the past year, as well as reports showing prices surging towards £1,000/tonne, up from around £650 in February.
There are concerns that the rising price of fertiliser could result in higher food prices for UK consumers.
The Chair of the Committee, Neil Parish MP, said:
“In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, British consumers can ill afford further price rises resulting from producers buying less fertiliser for their cereal crops.
“As it is unclear how farmers and growers will be able to adapt to these higher costs and price volatility, I hope the Minister will set out what immediate support measures the Government can undertake in this area.”
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