The Register of Agricultural Producers (PPA) has, to date, about 660,067 registered farmers, that is, about a quarter of the more than 2.2 million agricultural producers that exist in the country, and by the end of the year the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) expects to reach 1 million subscribers.
However, the rate of registration by the Government remains slow with an average of between 6,000 and 7,000 farmers entering the PPA per day, which has been criticized by agricultural unions. For this reason, Midagri will work in coordination with other organizations, such as irrigation user boards and the National Water Authority (ANA) to speed up the pace of enrollment, according to Cesar SantistebanDirector of Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation of Policies of the Midagri.
“We have already exchanged trades with all the user groups to provide us with their registers so that we can validate the data and prepare a pre-registration,” Santisteban said.
Along the same lines, he commented that they are currently coordinating with the president of the National Water Authority (ANA), so that “The Local Water Authorities (ALAS) at the national level are also constituted as a registration center”.
Another strategy that Midagri is implementing as a pilot plan is the transfer of enumerators to some communities. However, these are exceptional cases, since the current registry “is not a census,” says the Director of Statistics.
Along the same lines, Santisteban stressed that currently “there is an order from the minister to all OPAS (INIAS, Senasa, Agro Rural, among others) that they be implemented in all offices (as registration centers) in the shortest possible time. ”.