Fertilizer prices in Russia may remain frozen longer than expected
The Russian authorities and the producers of mineral fertilizers are discussing the possibility of extending the fixation of prices for ammonium nitrate for the spring sowing period with a priority of supplies to the domestic market.
Amid the historical highs on the gas market, the European Union may face a shortage of mineral fertilizers, for the production of which natural gas is the main raw material. The world prices for nitrogen fertilizers have already skyrocketed to the highs since 2008, and Russian farmers are worried about the rise in prices for mineral fertilizers and their shortages in the domestic market.
Following a recent meeting with the government, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to develop measures to neutralize the risks of negative consequences in Russia of energy shortages in Europe, including the destabilization of the markets for nitrogen fertilizers, metallurgical products and food. Mikhail Mishustin said that they need to find solutions that will guarantee the availability of fertilizers in the domestic market and, at the same time, will preserve the competitiveness and export opportunities of Russian producers.
On October 25, various options were discussed to control prices for ammonium nitrate — the most demanded nitrogen fertilizer for the spring sowing season. The fixation of prices for ammonium nitrate is most likely to be extended until the end of spring fieldwork with a priority of supplies to the Russian regions.
In July, Russian producers of mineral fertilizers froze prices for the domestic market at current levels and announced additional discounts. In October, these measures were extended until the end of 2021.