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An agricultural worker drives a tractor spreading fertilizer in a soybean field, near Brasilia, Brazil February 15, 2022.REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

An agricultural worker drives a tractor spreading fertilizer in a soybean field, near Brasilia, Brazil February 15, 2022.REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

Control: Under the new laws, farmers must register as a ‘professional fertiliser end user’ to buy or spread fertiliser. Photo: David Creedon

Control: Under the new laws, farmers must register as a ‘professional fertiliser end user’ to buy or spread fertiliser. Photo: David Creedon

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An agricultural worker drives a tractor spreading fertilizer in a soybean field, near Brasilia, Brazil February 15, 2022.REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

The energy crunch throttling Europe's fertiliser output is threatening to force the world's farmers to use even less of the nutrients crucial for growing food.

Soaring prices of gas, a key feedstock, have already curtailed a quarter of Europe's nitrogen fertiliser capacity, CRU Group estimates. Now, worries are mounting that the crisis will worsen. For Europe, that could mean even less production and more dependence on imports of ammonia, from which nitrogen products are made.


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