PEMEX aimed to close 2022 with a total delivery of 839,000 tons of fertilizers to agricultural producers. According to the National Association of the Chemical Industry (ANIQ), this volume is enough to satisfy 52 percent of the domestic demand for these products.
The latest information published by ANIQ at the end of 2021 showed that the agrochemical and fertilizer sales in the country rose to 1.5 million tons. Meanwhile, PEMEX CEO Octavio Romero Oropeza pointed out that with the current production at the new plants and imports, the NOC will only be able to produce 839,000 tons for 2022, all of which can be sold to a demanding national market.
For 2023, PEMEX committed to supplying 1.4 million tons, which would imply covering 87 percent of the national demand. Nonetheless, from this volume, 300,000 tons will be imported by the NOC.
Furthermore, the goal of the state-owned company is to reach 1.5 million tons for 2024 with an investment of MX$15.1 billion (US$792 million) to continue with repairs and be able to supply 94 percent of the national sales, with 10 percent of the products being imported by PEMEX.
According to Romero, the NOC has on average produced 61.2 percent of the fertilizer part of the government’s program to help farmers, which was delivered between May 2019 and December 2022.
Regarding the remodeling of the two fertilizer-producing plants, Romero said that “in 2023, with production capacity at both fertilizer complexes, we will be able to comply with 70 percent of the stated objective for the distribution of the fertilizer program.”
In 2024, PEMEX will produce 84.2 percent of the fertilizer required by the national market, as well as the full supply for the government support plan.
The CEO said that since the start of the López Obrador administration, more than 676,000 tons of fertilizer have been delivered to farmers as a result of the program.
President López Obrador’s administration wants Mexico to become self-sufficient in fertilizer production. López Obrador announced that the Fertilizers for Well-Being program will expand, benefiting over 2 million small farmers. “The program will provide free fertilizers for over 2 million agricultural producers, especially for farmers with few hectares to cover… for them, free fertilizer is crucial,” he said.