- For the first time in 22 years, Pro-Agroindustria has restarted its production in support of the Anti-inflation Plan
- 73 per cent of deliveries have been made to nine states, thanks to the 349,000 tons of fertilizers that have been produced
- Target production is to reach 838,000 tons of DAP and 940,000 tons of UREA by 2024, thus covering 60 per cent of the domestic demand
Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) CEO, Mr. Octavio Romero Oropeza, announced the progress of the Federal Fertilizer Program Fertilizantes para el Bienestar 2022 as part of the Anti-Inflation Plan, during the morning press conference of the Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The results show that 73 per cent of shipments to the first nine states set as the main objective have been made.
Currently, Guerrero and Morelos have received 100 per cent of their supply, while Durango is at 75 per cent; Chiapas and Tlaxcala are at 65 per cent; Oaxaca is at 46 per cent coverage; Nayarit is at 40 per cent; Puebla is at 31 per cent; and Zacatecas is at 12 per cent. The remaining deliveries are scheduled to be completed in August.
Romero Oropeza reported that as of July, 349,000 tons of fertilizers were produced, 262,000 tons of DAP (Diammonium Phosphate) and 87,000 tons of UREA. An additional 274,000 tons are expected to be produced by the end of 2022 to cover the volume pledged to the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader), which totals 352,000 tons in these states, thus achieving an additional production of 271,000 tons, which will be distributed in the rest of the country.
The PEMEX CEO explained that in 1992 the former Mexican administration decided to privatize fertilizer plants -what used to be Fertimex- and subsequently Agronitrogenados (today called Pro-Agroindustria) stopped operating in 1997. It was purchased by Petróleos Mexicanos in 2014, and Grupo Fertinal was also acquired in 2016. The current administration decided to capitalize on these acquisitions, and after being shut down for 22 years, Pro-Agroindustria resumed production and joined the initiative that aims to achieve food self-sufficiency as part of the Anti-Inflation Plan.
In closing, Romero Oropeza pointed out that expected production by 2024 aims to consolidate the operation of four ammonia and two UREA plants, as well as the modernization of the phosphate fertilizer plants, in order to produce 838,000 tons of DAP and 940,000 tons of UREA, thus covering 60 percent of the country's domestic demand.