The award of the contract for the purchase of urea from the US company Ready Oil Supply LLC is still on hold after alleged irregularities found by the Comptroller in the selection process of bidders carried out by Rural agriculture.
More than four days after the report of the comptroller body was issued, The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) has opted for secrecy and the decision they will make in the face of the observations is still unknown.
This situation aggravates the uncertainty of small farmers whose crops may be affected due to the delay in the arrival of the fertilizer nitrogenous. The latest estimate of Midagri set September as the maximum deadline for distribution at the national level.
In this context, various farmers in the South macro region have opted for associativity to acquire the urea by its own means and faster than with the tenders of the Government.
Arequipeños will buy in the Middle East
The Consortium of Agricultural Producers of the Arequipa Region (Conagrar) agreed to purchase 10,000 tons of urea from a Arab Emirates, informed the president of the Agriculture Commission of the Regional Council of Arequipa (CRA), Elmer Pinto Caceres.
Agricultural producers will buy the fertilizer to the enterprise Imperium Global Supply at a price of US$ 480 per ton and will be transferred to the port of Matarani from the Arequipa province of Islay.
According to Pinto, the deadline for farmers to register for the acquisition is until this Friday, August 12. The guild will send information to all user boards in the region. The urea It will be distributed to the first to deposit the money in the consortium’s account and until stock is exhausted.
Tacneños would bring from Bolivia
For its part, The Bolivian consul in Tacna, Jorge Terán Peñaranda, announced that his office will help, with efforts, a group of farmers from Tacna to finalize the purchase of urea from their country. Terán pointed out that it is estimated that the volume to be acquired would be 56 tons of fertilizer at a cost much less than what they buy at local distributors.
According to him official, the merchandise could arrive in September and will help in view of the high prices of chemical fertilizers in the country.
The current process
Since June, the Midagri has launched three calls to find an international provider of urea. To date, no contract has been signed with any bidder.
The current tender is for 65,587 tons that will be used for farmers with less than 5 hectares of crops. More than 135,000 beneficiaries have already been identified, according to preliminary data.