The Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has expressed its concerns about the supply and high price of fertiliser in the UK in the wake of the war in Ukraine and a decision by a key UK producer not to re-open a production facility in Chester. The EFRA Committee has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon George Eustice MP, on the issue. The letter is here.
Dr Neil Hudson MP for Penrith and The Border and Member of the EFRA Committee said:
“ I am very concerned at the loss of one of the UK’s plants that produces fertiliser and carbon dioxide. I brought this issue urgently to our Commons EFRA Select Committee and we have now written to the DEFRA Secretary asking for an urgent Government response. This is pivotal to our nation’s farmers and food producers and also has major implications because of the need for carbon dioxide in abattoirs and the food and drink sector. Rocketing prices of fertiliser are a real challenge for farmers in Cumbria and across the UK. For food security and animal welfare reasons we need Government to make sure we are resilient in this area.”