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Farmers in Germany started using less fertilizer due to the war

Mar 27, 2023

High gas prices and Russia's war against Ukraine have had an unexpected side effect on the environment in Germany, as fertilizer sales in the country have fallen sharply.

This is evidenced by data from the Federal Statistical Office, SZ reports.

Nitrogen is the main nutrient for plants and the most important fertilizer in terms of quantity. In the 2021-2022 marketing year, its sales fell by 13% to 1.1 million tons, according to the Federal Statistical Office.

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This year, farmers are also still reluctant to buy fertilizer, according to Munich-based Baywa, Germany's largest agricultural trader. One possible consequence of this is a lower harvest.

But it is also likely that less fertilizer use means less nitrogen is entering the groundwater.

Author - Olena Madiak, 27/03/2023

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