The administrations of the Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories have sent a complaint to the Ministry of Agriculture about a significant increase in prices for mineral fertilizers, according to the newspaper “Vedomosti”. Minister of Agriculture of the Stavropol Territory Vladimir Sitnikov added that his department also applied to the FAS.
“In May, ammophos (one of the main types of phosphate fertilizers) cost 52,590 rubles. for 1 ton – it is twice as expensive as a year ago. Urea has risen in price by 38% (to 17,600 rubles), and sulfoammophos – by 96% to 34,290 rubles, ”said Mr. Sitnikov. He noted that from April to May, these fertilizers rose in price by 3%, 19% and 32%, respectively.
In the Volgograd region, ammophos in May rose by 27% to 43 thousand rubles. for 1 ton, and in the Chelyabinsk region – by 16% to 54 thousand rubles, the publication reports with reference to the presentation of the Ministry of Agriculture. “Certain regions do report an increase in prices for mineral fertilizers, in particular for the phosphorus group, which is confirmed by the results of trading on the St. Petersburg International Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange,” the department noted.
Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko, who is in charge of agriculture, said that the government would discuss measures to stabilize prices and support farmers.
It should be noted that the agrarians of the Stavropol Territory reported back in May that the rise in the price of mineral fertilizers provokes the risks of a decrease in the grain yield, which will lead to an increase in prices for flour and bakery products. The Stavropol branch of the Russian public organization Delovaya Rossiya has sent a letter to the President’s Plenipotentiary in the North Caucasus Federal District, Yuri Chaika, with a request to consider at the government level the issue of fixed prices for fertilizers. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia then stated that it did not consider it necessary to freeze or strictly regulate the prices of mineral fertilizers, but was ready to take action if an explosive rise in prices occurred.