Pending fertilizer legislation could threaten Germany’s role as a key exporter of hard wheat, by cutting the protein content in grain, industry players warned.
Verein der Getreidehändler der Hamburger Börse (VgD) the German grain trade body, warned of “drastic consequences” for Germany’s high protein wheat industry if draft legislation on curtailing use of nitrogen fertilizers is not changed. The curbs represent “a massive threat to Germany’s role as an important and reliable supplier of quality wheat in the EU and other export countries”.
German agriculture and energy group Bayerische Warenvermittlung said that “for domestic crop farmers the regulation may cause challenges to the nutrient supply of their crop. This is a threat for the production of quality milling wheat – a top product for German agri exports.”