The war in Ukraine is currently disrupting supply chains. The Chamber of Agriculture is now revealing what awaits us in summer.
The Ukraine war drove up prices in Europe. Recently, fears of a massive supply bottleneck have also increased. “Today” has therefore spoken to the Chamber of Agriculture about what Austria WILL have to face in the summer months.
Seaway festival in Russian hands
Due to the Russian war of aggression, Ukraine can hardly operate an export economy. The sea route through which ordinary wheat is shipped around the world is under Russian control and riddled with mines. For Austria, the situation in Ukraine, at least in this area, is not a catastrophe. Adi Marksteiner from the Chamber of Agriculture assures us in an interview “Today”: “It will come to every complete delivery pass”.
Although the production volumes for rapeseed and wheat are now limited, they are not dramatic. Austria’s agriculture would have taken care of the winter wheat in winter 2021 that the supply in Austria could remain guaranteed. The degree of self-sufficiency in bread and grain would therefore be 200 percent.
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“There is no reason to worry about the security of supply in Austria in this area,” Marksteiner said. Local farmers have also already reacted to other supply bottlenecks and changes in energy technology.
As the price of nitrogen fertilizers continues to rise, more soy is currently being produced in Austria than ever before in history. “Accordingly, more than 50 percent of the feed requirements can be covered with Austrian products,” says Marksteiner happily.
Soy offensive in agriculture
Up to 95,000 hectares of soya will be cultivated this year – a new record. In the previous year it was “only” 64,000 hectares. While the price of nitrogen fertilizer has more than tripled, Austria’s farmers are reacting to resorting to their own products and against impending supply bottlenecks. The increased cultivation of soy is at the expense of spring barley and sugar beets, which will therefore be planted again this year.