- A free flyer has been produced by the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) to help inform agricultural customers on new rules for ammonium nitrate fertilisers this autumn
Farmers, growers and buying co-operatives must prepare for changes in the law which will require them to provide photo ID when purchasing ammonium nitrate (AN) fertiliser from 1 October.
It comes after the Home Office amended the Control of Poisons and Explosives Precursors Regulations 2023 to include additional substances, such as AN with a nitrogen content of 16% or more. This applies to compounds, blends, and mixtures including NPK fertiliser containing ammonium nitrate at or above the nitrogen content threshold.
AIC’s downloadable A5 resource can be printed and displayed or offered to farmers and growers to raise awareness of the forthcoming legal requirement to provide photo ID when ordering AN fertilisers. Businesses supplying farmers and growers are encouraged to make use of this resource to help inform their customers. To download the free informative flyer and for further details on the legal changes, visit the AIC website.
Jo Gilbertson, AIC’s Head of Fertiliser, said: “AIC is concerned that unless farming customers can show distributors their photo ID, they legally will not be able to place an order and we may see a situation where there is a de facto ban on AN fertiliser sales from October. AIC will be working with farming unions to ensure that the practicalities of this new legislation are better understood by farmers across the UK, making sure that they are well prepared for the changes.”
For further information and queries on the Control of Poisons and Explosives Precursors Regulations 2023, contact the Home Office’s Chemical Reporting Team at ChemicalReportingTeam@homeoffice.gov.uk.