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German Farmers Set To Lose Up to 3 Million Tonnes of Harvest Due to EU Ukraine-Related Sanctions

Samizdat – 29.05.2022

The European Union is currently working on a new wave of sanctions that might further limit fertiliser imports from Russia and Belarus despite the looming agricultural crisis that may affect millions.

German farmers are sounding the alarm over a potential contraction in their output and further price increases this year caused by the EU’s sanctions against Russia and Belarus, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten has reported.

EU sanctions imposed in the context of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine limit fertiliser imports, namely potassium chloride and potash fertilisers, which many European farmers rely upon.

German farmers expect that this year’s output may be 3 million tonnes less than previous years as a result of current measures. The fertiliser shortage will hit grain crops particularly heavily as countries already fear shortages in their global supplies due to the conflict in Ukraine and difficulties in maritime trading routes.

Another aftermath of the EU’s Ukraine-related sanctions targeting fertilisers may be the growth of consumer food prices, the German news outlet warned. In 2021, Europe imported 4.6 million tonnes of a total 13 million of fertilisers from Belarus and Russia. With shipments from these countries limited by April’s sanctions package, the supply shortage is set to raise already high fertiliser prices – and as such consumer prices – even more, farmers warned.

Boosting local fertiliser production in the EU and elsewhere in hopes of reducing prices is also scheduled to confront challenges posed by western sanctions, as manufacturing requires large power consumption and cheap energy sources, both areas which have been impacted by the Ukraine-related measures.

Despite these difficulties, EU countries continue to seek to do away with Russian gas even amid prospects of surging energy prices and unemployment. For his part, Germany’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil has gone on the record as stating that an immediate ban on Russian gas will lead to a notable reduction of jobs in Germany. Heil has called to avoid such an outcome.

EU countries are currently discussing their sixth package of sanctions against Russia and Belarus. With many member-states already experiencing negative economic results from earlier packages, the EU is struggling to negotiate conditions on banning or limiting oil imports from Russia due to the opposition of several countries within the bloc. The new sanctions package also reportedly includes proposals on further limiting fertiliser imports from Russian and Belarusian chemical companies, even as the threat of global hunger and the lack of grain and crops looms.

May 29, 2022 - Posted by | Economics, Malthusian Ideology, Phony Scarcity, Russophobia | ,

5 Comments »

  1. I think that NATO is to blame, for provoking Vladimir Putin’s Russia, into taking Military action against Ukraine and Ukraine’s “CIA Puppet Zelenski”(who was installed in a Coup in 2014). NATO had promised NOT to move Eastwards(Towards Russia), but they clearly have done so, and Putin will never allow NATO Missiles so close to the Russian Capital.
    The Western Press(Presstitutes) of course are blaming Putin for starting the War, but, Putin clearly indicated that he would NOT ALLOW NATO Missiles in Ukraine.

    The German farmers, and anyone else adversely affected by the current conflict, should address their anger towards their own governments, and or, NATO.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | May 29, 2022 | Reply

    • Don’t neglect my US, Brian: the numero uno scofflaw — the scofflaw, the scourge, of shame.

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      Comment by roberthstiver | May 29, 2022 | Reply

  2. I derive from a family of German farmers-peasants, and I remain a “farmer” in my depths. My great-grandpa would not have been happy with these prospects back in his day, and I would hope that today he’d be on the front lines, “sounding the alarm”….

    On a snarkier note (I haven’t seen or used this word group for years; I first came across it when I lived in Japan, 1960s-’70s) to Europeans in general and other defecators: night soil, anyone?

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    Comment by roberthstiver | May 29, 2022 | Reply

    • Scofflaw? A peculiar word that I am unfamiliar with. It’s not even in my “English Dictionary”. so I asked the (American) Internet, and found out it means “someone who flouts the law”……..

      Anyway, The USA does seem to enjoy being in almost permanent conflict. It possibly goes a long way in explanation of the Military Industrial Complex’s constant state of war, somewhere on the planet(resulting in a National Debt of $30 TRILLION dollars that America’s “1%” won’t have to pay off, because America’s TAX PAYERS have to ‘foot the bill’………
      It’s almost, “The Perfect Crime”…

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | May 29, 2022 | Reply

      • I doubt your German ancestors would be impressed with what is happening in the World, these days. War never seems to settle anything, except the ‘need’ for more War….

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        Comment by brianharryaustralia | May 29, 2022 | Reply


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