As the cost of fertilizers continues to rise, farmers are reminded to safely store excess inventory – and also to be aware of how attractive such inventory can be to thieves.

The Confederation of Agricultural Industries (AIC) and AIC Services, which manages the Fertilizer Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS), remind farmers of their responsibilities to store fertilizers safely, given the increasing cost of nitrogen-based fertilizers and potential excess inventory. in farms.

“As high global gas prices drive up the cost of nitrogen-based fertilizers, we recognize that some farmers face tough decisions about crop feeding plans this winter and next spring.

“This is of particular concern when farmers do not have enough stocks or pending orders to cover their needs, as the disruption of the fertilizer supply chain could continue until spring 2022,” Roberta said. Reeve, Technical Director of FIAS.

Another area of ​​concern is the increasing value of existing stocks of nitrogen-based fertilizers on the farm, which could lead to an increase in thefts.

“Although light comments on social media about the sale of excess fertilizer stocks may seem harmless, it can draw attention to criminals.

“There is a risk that nitrogen-based fertilizers will be used for illegitimate purposes, and anyone handling or storing these products has a responsibility to ensure safe storage and to remain vigilant in the event of potential theft,” warned Mrs. Reeve.

Farmers can get the most out of their available fertilizer stocks by seeking advice from a trained FACTS advisor.

When cultivation plans have changed and excess inventory is no longer needed, resale of the fertilizer is an option – but must be done through the appropriate channels, via a return to the original supplier and a refund or resale. .

It is illegal to sell ammonium nitrate without proper documentation, and fertilizers should not be advertised on auction sites, local trade magazines, or social media.

Ms Reeve further reminded farmers not to buy fertilizer unless the source is known and they have the right documents.

“Vendors must be approved by ISAF, and you can check that on the insurance program’s website. You can also check with your FACTS advisor if in doubt.

“Everyone in the industry should be alert to the potential misuse and sale of nitrogen fertilizers by reporting any suspicious activity or sale to the police. ”

When farmers keep increased stocks during the winter, they should remember the National Counter Terrorism Security Office’s five-point plan for safe storage:

1. If possible, use an FIAS approved supplier.

2. If possible, keep in a secure area such as a building or tarp, out of public view.

3. Perform regular stock checks and immediately report any loss to the police (call 101)

4. Avoid leaving fertilizer in a field overnight – never leave fertilizer in the field for a long time.

5. Remember that it is illegal to sell ammonium nitrate without the correct documentation.