According to Farmers’ President Joachim Rukwied, the Ukraine war has “massive effects on German agriculture” – especially with regard to the costs of operating resources. This also has consequences for consumers, said Rukwied in an interview with the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Wednesday).
“Energy prices have doubled, the price for fertilizers, especially nitrogen fertilizers, has quadrupled on average, feed costs more,” explained the farmer president , we believe consumer prices will continue to rise.”
In the event of a gas shortage, it is also important to prioritize agriculture and the food industry when it comes to supplying gas. “We need gas in the fertilizer sector in order to be able to produce nitrogen. If we don’t get gas for it, yields would collapse by 30 to 40 percent in the short term, depending on the crops,” said Rukwied.
The supply of food is still safe for the time being. “We assume that the security of supply, as far as food is concerned, is given by the first quarter of next year,” said the farmer’s president, but at the same time warned: “Beyond that, I can’t make any predictions – there are too many open issues in many areas Questions that in part only politics can answer.”
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