Almost a month after the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) chose the Italian Union Sped as the supplier of the more than 65,000 tons of urea that the Government will buy, the award contract should be signed today at the latest, as announced last week by the head of the sector, Andres Alencastre.
“More time has been requested from them, (which) ends on September 7,” he said.
However, date changes are common in the current administration of Midagri. However, this time there is greater pressure on the head of Agriculture, from the same Executive, the Legislative and the agrarian unions. the same president peter castle In an official activity, he demanded that he “put an end to bureaucratic errors” that make it impossible to finalize the purchase of fertilizer.
For its part, the Congressional Agrarian Commission summoned Alencastre to the extraordinary session to be held this Friday, September 9. The minister has confirmed his participation.
“The minister must report on the urea purchase process, as well as the irregularities denounced in the National Water Authority and the execution of its 2022 budget,” congresswoman Nilza Chacón, president of the aforementioned commission, explained to La República.
Also from the Legislative a motion was presented to question the minister. The initiative, headed by former minister Oscar Zea, was supported by congressmen from various parties.
Meanwhile, the Conajup confederation requested a public hearing so that the information corresponding to the purchase of fertilizers.
The arrival of urea
A constant in the purchase of urea has been the change of date of the possible arrival of the fertilizer. The last forecast of the Government is that it arrives in November.
The arrival of urea this month would no longer benefit farmers for the current agricultural campaign, since there are crops that have already passed their fertilization stage, points out Eduardo Contreras, general manager of the Conajup. “At this point there are farmers who are not going to need urea, because they will not have a crop to use it on,” he lamented.