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‘So far, so good,’ fertilizer sector says

Fertilizer Canada says vast majority of members have sufficient supplies in place or en route

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There shouldn’t be any problems in supplying farmers with fertilizer this spring, says the organization representing manufacturers and distributors.

“Our members are set to go,” Fertilizer Canada president and CEO Garth Whyte said in a news release Wednesday.

“COVID-19 plans were quickly established at facilities, in conjunction with being declared an essential service, there was minimal disruption allowing businesses to operate at a normal capacity.”

The organization surveyed its members in the second week of April and 90 per cent said they “have enough product on hand or on the way” to meet the needs of farmers.

“The general view is: so far, so good,” said Whyte.

However, fertilizer makers and suppliers have some “concerns,” including the potential for labour shortages, facility shutdowns and supply chain disruptions, Fertilizer Canada said in its release. — Alberta Farmer Express/Glacier FarmMedia Network

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