MP for Gordon Constituency Richard Thomson has questioned DEFRA on rising fertiliser costs and the security of the supply chain.
The SNP MP tabled Parliamentary Questions in Westminster on what assessment DEFRA had made of the stability and security of the agri-fertiliser supply chain and the impact of fertiliser costs on farm businesses.
The response from the Minister of State confirmed the huge increases in the cost of fertiliser in the past 12 months but also revealed a very fragile situation in respect of supply.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“The response from DEFRA paints a very worrying picture indeed. The knock-on effects of the UK Government’s Brexit policies – such as labour shortages and friction over imports and exports - are well-known. But it is clear that rising energy prices, particularly gas, and supply chain issues are all contributing to the current situation where farm businesses are faced with record high prices for fertiliser.
“I am concerned at the effect these developments will have not only on the rural economy, but also the possible consequences for food security. Producers face a range of other pressures such as the increasing cost of fuel, energy and other inputs like feed.
“While I welcome the confirmation that DEFRA are monitoring the security and stability of the fertiliser supply chain, we need to know that government has an action plan should it be needed.”