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Fertilisers: Prices

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to try to mitigate the effects of rising fertiliser prices on farmers. (211987)

We are aware that current high energy prices are having a knock-on effect on the price of manufactured ‘inorganic’ fertilisers. Hilary Benn recently discussed this issue when he met the Agricultural Industries Confederation, which represents the UK fertiliser sector. We are alert to the potential impact high fertiliser prices may have on farmers and we will continue to monitor the situation.

Farmers will need to make greater use of best practice to ensure efficient fertiliser use. Some farmers will also need to consider increased use of ‘organic’ fertilisers such as manures. Other options include the use of digestate from Anaerobic Digestion.