The Irish Farmers Journal is reporting this morning that a black market for fertiliser has developed as a result of the new Department of Agriculture fertiliser register.

The claim has been made by Acorn group of independent merchants.

Farmers in the Republic are buying fertiliser directly from Northern Ireland merchants, specifically to sidestep the requirement to register the purchases, Acorn CEO Barry Larkin told the Irish Farmers Journal.

“Essentially, the fertiliser database has created a black market for the trade of fertiliser, similar to coal and bale wrap,” said Larkin. “A northern business can collect fertiliser from any southern port, for it to then be delivered to a farmer within 50km of the port and repeat the exercise endlessly,” the Acorn CEO maintained. “This season, it’s commonplace to see northern-registered lorries delivering fertiliser to all counties in the south,” he added.

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