The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) informed that Agro Rural, through its committee in charge of evaluating the international purchase of fertilizers, chose the Brazilian firm MF Fertilizadores as the supplier of urea for the country.
In this way, the entity concluded the second call launched on Monday, June 6, after the first was declared deserted.
In the selection process, 79 proposals were submitted from more than a dozen countries. The committee prioritized, among the technical criteria, the factors of delivery time and price.
Thus, according to industry sources, the price at which MF Fertilizers will supply urea to Peru would be US$760 per metric ton (mt).
In its letter of intent, the Brazilian company also raised the possibility of exceptionally delivering an emergency batch with 5,000 mt within less than 20 days after opening the letter of credit.
Agro Rural, reported that the first delivery of 40,000 tons will be made within a period of up to 35 calendar days. The head of the sector, Andrés Alencastre, estimated that this batch would arrive on July 17.
It should be noted that the Government granted Midagri S/ 348 million for the purchase of the fertilizer. With this amount it was planned to acquire 73,529 tons; however, due to the drop in urea prices, the volume would reach 106,000 mt, according to calculations by the Minister Alencastre.
President Pedro Castillo, during an interview on TV Peru, yesterday welcomed the choice of the Brazilian supplier. In addition, he guaranteed “that in the coming weeks the fertilizers will reach the farmers.”
Facing this point, Midagri indicated that the distribution will be made from the ports of Salaverry, Callao and Matarani to 52 Agro Rural warehouses nationwide.from where it will be sent to the different districts.
The amount of fertilizer allocated to each district will depend on the result of the 2022/2023 Planting Intention Survey that will end next Wednesday, June 15; as well as the number of small farmers registered in the Register of Agricultural Producers. To date, around 144,000 beneficiaries have been identified.
Clímaco Cárdenas, president of Conveagro, pointed out that the simpler the distribution process, the greater the access for farmers.
“That the distribution be channeled through organizations such as irrigation commissions, agrarian associations, peasant communities and agrarian cooperatives,” he commented and asserted that the success of the fertilizer supply will depend on this.
Fertilizer Usage Tracking
The Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation, Andrés Alencastre, reported last week that monitoring of the use of urea in fertilizers will be done through satellite images.
Thus, he mentioned that the ministry has “modern technological tools based on satellite images that allow monthly monitoring of changes in land use (sowing and harvesting)”.
He explained that one of them allows fortnightly monitoring of rice planting in each district.
“Which will allow us to verify the use of fertilizers distributed in these districts,” he said from the Congress.
Beneficiaries. The urea will be destined for agricultural producers with less than 5 hectares of crops.
Budget. Midagri has a total of S/ 348 million for the purchase of fertilizers.