Cheaper fertilizer is a relief for Australian farmers

Reports of easing fertilizer prices are great news for Aussie farmers, but they warn more will need to be done in order to combat food inflation.

According to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), fertilizer costs increased from $64 to $82 per hectare from 2019 to 2021, while the cost of chemicals increased from $30 to $63 per hectare.

The war in Ukraine and COVID-induced supply chain disruption had pushed prices for the critical farm input to record levels in recent years, placing increased cost pressure on Australian farmers as they also faced high fuel prices and worker shortages. But easing fertilizer prices meant farmers would find it easier to balance their books, NSW Farmers Grains Committee chair Justin Everitt said.

“Farmers have been concerned about the rising cost of producing food and fiber, the rising cost of power, the rising cost of fuel and fertilizer,” Mr. Everitt said.

“We have very little ability to pass on price rises to our customers, and shrinking profit margins have discouraged many future farmers from joining the industry. Thankfully we’re seeing some light on the horizon with fertilizer prices, and if we can get the right policy settings in place from all levels of government, we’ll be able to feed the future.”

While easing prices were welcome, Mr. Everitt said more would need to be done in order to combat food inflation, such as increasing research and development to help farmers adopt new productivity-boosting technologies.

“Producing more with less inputs are a fundamental way to tackle inflation and relieve the stress of rising input costs, so greater investment in into things like precision agriculture technologies would be a great help,” Mr. Everitt said.

“If we can reduce the amount of fertilizer and chemical applications, then we’ll be able to produce more food and fiber at a lower cost and get it to consumers at a lower cost, which will reduce cost-of-living pressures.

“Farmers and families are in this together – albeit on different ends of the supply chain – and farmers really appreciate the support of Aussie families.”

For more information:
Steve Mudd
Tel.: +64 0429 011 690

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