GEELONGPORT said its role in the urea supply chain is helping Australian farmers fertilise this year’s wheat and canola crops.

GeelongPort facilitated the import of around 1.7 million tonnes of fertiliser in 2022-23 and anticipates a strong year for fertiliser imports.

The port said there is currently stable demand for fertiliser and tightened near-term global supplies.

According to the port, without urea, farmers in Victoria and Southern NSW estimate yield losses from winter crops of 20 to 50%.

There is still a small window for spreading urea on wheat crops, but timing has become critical for canola.

GeelongPort said it had implemented innovative methods of streamlining the importation process, such as a mobile hopper system that moves exports from ships to suppliers.

It said the system reduces handling time and ensures the supply chain remains “robust and responsive” to the needs of the agricultural industry.

Elias Anastasiou, general manager commercial at GeelongPort said he was proud of the organisation’s role in meeting the demand for urea.

“With a sense of urgency mounting for wheat and canola crops, we recognise the significance of supporting the importation of record fertiliser volumes,” he said.

“Innovation propels our operations, and we take great pride in GeelongPort’s status as a world-class port.

“As we anticipate another year of strong fertiliser imports, we remain committed to sustaining agricultural productivity and contributing to the success of Victorian farmers.”

GeelongPort said Australia produces 1.9 million to 2.7 million tonnes of canola grain each year and is regarded for its canola exports to the EU, Japan, China, Pakistan and the UAE.