Today, the Executive presented the bill that declares the sustainability of the Agricultural Campaign 2022-2023 Y exceptionally authorizes the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) to purchase and market chemical fertilizers in favor of agricultural producers.
The project, which was submitted today, Monday, July 25, at 11:00 am, is accompanied by an official letter requesting the president of Congress, María del Carmen Alva, have the procedure as “very urgent”, and bears the signatures of President Pedro Castillo and the head of the Council of Ministers, Aníbal Torres.
It is pointed out that the chemical fertilizers that Midagri acquires and commercializes, through Agro Rural, will favor the producers that lead agricultural units of up to 10 hectares according to the Register of Agricultural Producers.
Within the explanatory memorandum it is pointed out that Peru is highly dependent on imported chemical fertilizers. In 2019, 89.5% of manures, fertilizers and nitrogenous mixtures were imported and 10.5% were domestically produced.
Also of the 2 million 244,415 small and medium producers identified in 2019 in the National Agricultural Survey, 46.7% used chemical fertilizers.
It is necessary to remember that on July 12 the process of the third call for international purchase of urea fertilizers began, since the first two did not prosper. This ends on July 27, with which they seek to ensure the agricultural campaign that begins in August.
In the complementary provisions of the project, it is considered to exceptionally authorize Agro Rural to alternatively contract in the national market the goods and services that are necessary for the implementation of logistics operation activities, and support for the delivery and distribution of fertilizers.
Finally, if the law is approved, it will be valid until September 30, 2023.