Although the population of farmers in the region of Arequipa exceeds 60 thousand, the arrival of fertilizer that the government has not yet acquired, it will only benefit a little more than 800confirmed the president of the Users Board of the South Macro Region, Saúl Durán Estremadoyro.
The leader explained that the measure will not solve the problem of agricultureespecially since these little more than 800 only represent 4% of the real population, the rest would be left in distress.
He pointed out that, during the last session of the decentralized council of ministers, the government announced that it will allocate more than S/ 348 million to the purchase of fertilizers, but that would not benefit a large number of farmers.
“On the issue of fertilizers as well, the truth that they are bringing is that it is little and the news that they gave to Arequipa is that there are 803 registered residents, who would receive the fertilizer and in Arequipa there are about 60,000 producers. So, in reality, this is also worrying because in the registers that they are managing, they are doing it themselves, and they are not doing it with the participation of the users’ committee, so I don’t know how they will be doing it, so at least 800 of 60,000 producers is practically zero,” he explained. .
94% of producers are left out
Although the government’s willingness is to support producers who manage land of less than 5 hectares, the spokesperson explained that they only contribute 7% of the supply of the local markets; In addition, the beneficiaries would be those who live in the highlands of the region or inter-Andean valleys where natural fertilizer is used.
“They are going to producers in highlands and most of them do not use chemical fertilization, they use natural fertilizer. So, the largest amount of chemical fertilizer is used on the coast, in inter-Andean valleys, in the jungle, and in all the upper part of the small producer, of the communities, they hardly use fertilizer,” he explained.
Saúl Durán, pointed out that the majority of farmers who supply local markets they will not receive the support, so essential products will not be prevented from increasing in price in the coming months.