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2020 Fertilizer Program, the Basics

By Jan Hogewoning | Mon, 04/13/2020 - 11:01

The administration has been adamant that support programs for small to mid-scale farmers will continue despite the COVID-19 contingency. In the past few weeks, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) and Food Security for Mexico (SEGALMEX) have been more vocal about their priorities to ensure food security. The primary actions they have taken are purchasing large stocks of food and dairy for strategic storage and distribution, through DICONSA and LICONSA infrastructure. Other programs, however, remain on the agenda. Among them is the Fertilizer Program, which aims to make fertilizer deliveries to small scale producers of priority crops in several zones of the country.

On March 24, SADER published the rules of operation for this program for 2020. The delivery of fertilizers also took place in 2019 but in different locations. The primary areas the program identified for 2020 were Guerrero state, followed by areas in Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala and State of Mexico. The idea is that small producers will be able to sign up for free to receive up to 600kg of fertilizer if they meet the program’s requirements. The fertilizers in question will be of nitrogen and phosphate type. The delivery, in turn, will take place through SEGALMEX-SADER’s distribution points in each of these regions. The responsible units for this program are the General Directorate of Productivity and Development of Technology (SADER) and SEGALMEX. Ultimately, the aim is to run the program through SADER-SEGALMEX state representatives.

While the program has been welcomed by state representatives and ejidos, the announcement late March also led to a call for the resignation of the Guerrero state representative of SADER Humberto González Quintero. Representatives of local ejidos accused González of corruption and mismanagement of funds during 2019.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Mexico Business News, SADER, La Jornada, 24-horas
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Jan Hogewoning Jan Hogewoning Journalist and Industry Analyst