Ministers must convene farming stakeholders to tackle cost crisis in fuel, fertiliser and food


Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on government ministers to bring together key agricultural stakeholders, including farming unions and supermarket representatives, to tackle a wide-reaching price crisis in fuel, fertiliser and food. Mr Carmichael made the call after further discussions this week with NFUS leaders and highlighted in Parliament the existential crisis faced by farmers if input costs are not tackled.

Speaking in the House, Mr Carmichael said:

“Farming faces a moment of existential crisis with massively increased input costs, especially with fuel and fertiliser that could seriously, and long-term, reduce productivity. Will he use his office to bring together the unions, supermarkets and other stakeholders in farming to find a way through this so that farming has a long-term future?”

Replying for the government, George Eustice MP said:

“Yes we are doing that in fertiliser, we’re also pursuing options to identify other sources of animal protein.”

Reacting after the exchange, Mr Carmichael said:

“While I am certain that meetings and actions are ongoing with regard to the individual crises facing farmers and food producers, it is increasingly clear that we need a more overarching response from the government. If untreated, a cost-of-living crisis for farmers and crofters is likely to redouble the pressure on food prices for everyone else.

“We need to bring all the key players together, because a granular or short-sighted approach will do no one any good in the long run. Prices are soaring on fuel, fertiliser and food – we need to see comprehensive action from ministers.”


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