Updated: Jul 17
Farmers' survival is threatened by rising energy prices, according to the sector.
The German Farmers' Association warned on Wednesday that rising energy costs are a major reason why food prices in Germany will keep rising.
According to Joachim Rukwied, president of the German Farmers' Association, the conflict in Ukraine and its economic repercussions have "a significant influence on German agriculture."
He said that the situation was "disastrous" for pig farmers, in particular, noting that the cost of energy had doubled, that the cost of fertilizers, particularly nitrogen fertilizers, had increased by a factor of four, and that the cost of fodder had increased.
Rukwied contends that prices have fallen off recently, making it impossible for farmers to make a living off their land. According to official statistics, the rate of inflation in Germany reached 7.9 percent in May, marking the highest level since the country's reunification. The levels are comparable to those witnessed during the oil crisis in the 1970s.
The uncertainty over natural gas supplies to Germany is also a major concern for the nation's farmers, according to Rukwied, who noted that depending on the crops, yields would decrease by 30 to 40 percent in the short term if they didn't have access to enough gas to produce nitrogen, the most important nutrient for crop production.
Despite requests from many EU member states and significant industries not to do so, the EU has been exploring for methods to gradually phase out imports of Russian natural gas since Russia began its military intervention in Ukraine in February. The supply of gas to numerous nations who refused to comply with the new gas-for-rubles payment terms established by Moscow in late March has already been cut off.