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The Government of Bolivia highlighted this Wednesday the importance of taking advantage of natural resources in the diversification of fertilizers in order to guarantee the country’s food security.

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“The State has diversified the production of fertilizers, taking advantage of natural resources, to promote national agriculture and thus ensure the production of grains and food, which guarantees food security in the country,” said the Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy, Franklin Molina Ortiz.

The intention is part of the objectives of the Economic and Social Development Plan (PDES) 2021-2025, and of the import substitution policy pursued by that South American nation.

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The Minister stated that this strategy plans to reduce production costs and, consequently, food costs that influence the family economy.

Government authorities are focused on preventing the flight of foreign currency and minimizing dependence on other regions for internal supply, as a strategy to recover the country’s economy after the effects caused by the de facto government.

Recovery in fertilizer production after de facto government

As part of the plan, the national company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) set up stores in Uyuni, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, not only for purchasing, but also for training producers in the use of potassium chloride.

“We have industrialized gas to produce urea, we have industrialized our evaporite resources to produce potassium chloride, two of the most widely used fertilizers in the world,” said the high-ranking Bolivian official.

The State then focuses on increasing urea production from 2021 with the reactivation of the Ammonia and Urea Plant (PAU), to counteract the consequences of the improper management of resources by the de facto Government of 2020.

The production of Bolivian urea is also encouraged, as a result of its growing demand after the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Photo: Latin Press

“With our Ammonia and Urea (PAU) plants, our Potassium Chloride Plant, we have fertilizers to supply agriculture and guarantee agricultural production in 2022 and 2023,” said Minister Molina.

The usefulness of these fertilizers has accelerated agricultural production, which is why the construction of a second urea and NPK plant, multinutrient fertilizers with nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) among other nutrients, is planned.

The above measures make it possible for Bolivian producers to buy fertilizers at a lower price than that established for the international market; meanwhile, a good production of fertilizers will guarantee the quality of the products obtained in the agricultural activity, and will reduce the costs of feeding the people.



Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983

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