By Letter to the Editor on May 20, 2020.
A healthy agriculture supply chain is the key to Canada’s economic recovery in the coming months
During this period of uncertainty for many industries across the country, Canadian farmers are working harder now more than ever to ensure that agriculture production continues as normal. Deemed an essential service by federal and provincial governments alike, the fertilizer supply chain is ready and equipped to meet growers’ needs during the critical spring planting season.
As we all grapple with the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the fertilizer industry will continue to play a leading role in global food production. Keeping food on the table for Canadians and people around the world remains our priority.
Our members are set to go. COVID-19 contingency plans were quickly established at facilities, in conjunction with being declared an essential service, and there was minimal disruption allowing businesses to operate at a normal capacity. Fertilizer manufacturers, distributors and agri-retailers are doing everything they can to keep their customers, suppliers and employees healthy and safe. The general view is: so far, so good.
In a survey conducted by Fertilizer Canada this month, 90 per cent of member company respondents said that they have enough product on-hand or on the way to get fertilizer to their farmer customers in time for the planting season.
While the industry is currently operating at normal capacity, there are business concerns related to COVID-19 that could affect this, including of potential labour shortages, facility shutdowns and the reliability of the supply chain. In the meantime, we want to make clear that the fertilizer industry believes this season will be normal, if not above average, in terms of fertilizer demand and crop production.
The fertilizer industry takes our role in feeding the world seriously and know that farmers rely on fertilizer in the spring to ensure a successful harvest in the fall. By investing in the use of fertilizer today, farmers are growing hope for tomorrow.
The Canadian fertilizer industry has proven its adaptability in challenging situations to meet not only the needs of customers, but any employee along the supply chain. Once the Canadian economy works to bounce back from this challenging period, farmers and producers will undoubtedly play a leading role in the country’s economic recovery in the coming months.
President & CEO, Fertilizer Canada