The president of the National Convention of Peruvian Agro (Conveagro), Clímaco Cárdenas, indicated this Tuesday that the shortage of fertilizers in the country began to affect the production of rice and corn, because in June of this year it fell by more than 20%.
According to the INEI reportthe paddy rice harvest fell by 21.88% and hard yellow corn by 20.23%, at the national level, with a reduction in the planted area of 24.19% and 20.23%, respectively.
The regions with the lowest rice production were Lambayeque, San Martin and La Libertad. While Ica, Cajamarca and Lima They are the ones with the smallest area of corn cultivation.
“There is a direct relationship with the absence of fertilizers, which is why the decision has been made in many regions of Peru to plant fewer hectares because there is precisely no cost of fertilization and various other inputs that have increased”, Cardenas said on RPP.
He added that for this reason the farmer decided to reduce the amount of planting and use crops that use less fertilizer.
Climaco also stated that there are regions of the macrosur that buy fertilizers on their own, because the Government cannot specify, but the private acquisition will take more than a month.
It should be noted that after two failed processes and with observations from the Comptroller, the Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation, Andres Alencastreannounced a few days ago that this week the international purchase of urea will culminate to meet the requirements of small producers and thus guarantee the 2022-2023 agricultural campaign.
Last Wednesday, the minister reported that the company that won the tender was disqualified, Ready Oil Supply LLC, after the observations of the Comptroller. In this sense, the company in charge of bringing the fertilizer will be the Italian Unionsped SRL.