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Midagri rules out crises in potato and rice crops due to fertilizers and denounces speculation

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The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) ruled out a sharp drop in potato and rice crops during the 2022-2023 planting campaign as a result of the international fertilizer crisis.

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During the presentation of the National Planting Survey – ENIS 2022, the general director of Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation of Policies (DGESEP) of Midagri, César Santisteban, assured that the drop announced in recent days for these two crops would be minimal.

“Much has been speculated these days without having a solid basis. There are products such as potatoes and rice that have decreased in their sowing intentions, but it is not that they are enormous quantities. A decrease of 9,000 hectares over a production of 300,000 is not a crisis situation”, assured Santisteban.

In the case of rice, the official stressed that the 2.1% drop in crops at the national level should not represent an obstacle to the supply of households, and that rather any rise in prices these days is due to a factor of mere speculation.

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“The average of the last five campaigns, usually, is 417,044 hectares; today 408,000 are expected, that is, a decrease of 8,937, which represents 2.1% of the planted area. It could generate a small increase in prices, but we have the instruments to prevent that from happening or minimize it as much as possible,” said Santisteban Pérez.

The potato follows this same trend with a minimal drop, according to the planting intention survey. In this line, the official said that Midagri will focus efforts for the distribution of urea -which would arrive in August, and with a higher tonnage level than expected due to the global de-escalation of prices- on the areas where the forecasts are negative, on all coastal.

“In the case of potatoes, of the 341,000 hectares on average in the last five years, 331,165 are going to be planted. There is a decrease but, as with the rice issue, registration centers have to be implemented in those districts where the products said that they will plant less due to the lack of urea”, he subscribed.

In this sense, the head of the DGESEP highlighted that, despite the high price of fertilizers, the ENIS 2022 has a positive result of an increase in planted areas of 4% in relation to the average of the last five campaigns for all crops.

“The average of the last five campaigns has been 2 million 14,000 hectares, and in this one 2 million 94,000 are projected, that is, an increase of 80,000 hectares more than last year, which corresponds to an additional 4%. Those speculations that said that the campaign was falling, are totally aside, ”said the official.

“If this were a crisis related to the issue of water, a drought, it would be more complex, because we would not have how to buy it. In this case it is a crisis related not to the lack of urea, but to the increase in prices. At this time, commercial companies have imported 102,000 tons of urea, it is in warehouses but the producer cannot access it. A bag has gone for S/240 from S/60″, he added.

Source: Larepublica

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