President Jair Bolsonaro said this Tuesday (19), in Cuiabá, that he asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) for diplomatic help to contain the fertilizer embargo. He participated in the launch of the March for Jesus, in the capital of Mato Grosso, and commented on the matter during a speech. Yesterday (18), Bolsonaro met with the director general of the WTO, Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
“I took advantage of the moment, given the importance of this lady, [para] ask her that fertilizer embargoes do not occur worldwide, and that these fertilizers do not continue to increase in price. Otherwise, we could soon be involved in the cruelest war imaginable, the food security war,” she said.
Fertilizers, especially nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, are widely used by the agricultural sector in the country, being considered essential for supplying one or more nutrients to crops. Brazil consumes 8% of the entire world production of fertilizers, valued at 55 million tons, but imports 85% of the input used by agribusiness, mainly from Russia, which suffers a strong economic embargo promoted by the United States, Western European countries and Japan, because of the military invasion of Ukraine.
“We always ask God to give us hope, to calm the hearts of anyone, so that we can return to normality”, added the president, in an indirect reference to the war in Ukraine, which has caused turmoil in the economy. world.
The president arrived at around 4 pm in Cuiabá to participate in the 45th Ordinary General Assembly of the General Convention of the Assemblies of God and the launch of the March for Jesus. He returns tonight to Brasilia.