Farmers have been told not to panic over fertilizer supplies, although some cooperatives and family traders simply sell fertilizer as farmers scramble for supplies for cereals and silage crops.
It comes as a proposed multi-million euro anti-crisis fund for the agricultural sector is understood to be available before the Cabinet next week.
Meanwhile, Friday’s first meeting of the National Feed and Food Security Committee, which Independent farming attended, driven by concerns about forage production this summer due to rising input costs.
Pearse Kelly, head of Teagasc, told farmers during the meeting “absolutely must buy fertilizer now and be ready to roll with it” and should aim to have 75pc of their planned silage in the yard. in mid-June.
However, it is understandable that some cooperatives stopped taking fertilizer orders last week in an attempt to fill existing orders already on their books from farmers and in light of the growing There are many concerns about the availability of supply and the price.
Ukraine has banned fertilizer exports and concerns are growing about access to Russian-made fertilizers.
The meeting said fertilizer importers are in regular contact with the Department of Agriculture about supply and that despite last year’s level “we will go out to get fertilizer regardless of the price so there’s nothing to worry about.” confusion”.
Concern has also been raised about farmers stockpiling fertilizer, with calls to ensure every farmer has enough fertilizer for first-time silage.
There has been criticism of merchants not quoting fertilizer prices until later this week, with Macra president John Keane saying: “That message does not help farmers”.
Furthermore, the commission heard that with the increase in fuel prices, the contractor’s costs for baled silage had doubled.
Calls have been made for fertilizer vouchers and other financial incentives for farmers to grow more crops as input costs continue to rise.
A national inventory of fodder, feed and fertilizers is expected in the coming days as the Commission seeks to assist in the response to the “feed, fertilizer and fertilizer supply crisis”. National fertilizer and energy is going on”.
Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue said farmers will be asked to increase the amount of arable land.
Michael Hennessy, Teagasc’s head of crop knowledge transfer told the meeting that growth would come from existing tillage professionals, but access to the land would be extremely difficult. “It’s a commercial rental market,” he warned with very little land available for farmers to till.
A call has been made for less stringent stockpile dry farms to provide land to increase the yield of tillage for fodder, while others only Genetically modified corn from Argentina as a food source at the end of the year.
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