Thirty-five small producers from the Cayambe canton received 210 bags of urea, with a subsidy of 50% of the commercial cost of each bag, to fertilize 105 hectares of pastures. This will allow them to improve pastures and raw milk production.
“By having better pastures, they will be more productive, they will earn more income and improve their living conditions,” said the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Bernardo Manzano.
Until last December, throughout the country the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) delivered 574,794 bags of urea to 40,343 producers, who fertilized 157,016 hectares of cocoa, coffee, sugar cane, avocado, blackberry, broccoli, onion, lettuce crops. , corn, naranjilla, potato, pepper, kidney tomato, tree tomato, banana, rice, plantain and pastures. The total grant was USD 14,332,331.
To the 574,794 bags delivered last year are added the 600 granted on Thursday in Samborondón, Guayas province, and the 210 that are delivered in Cayambe, Pichincha province.
Urea is one of the main fertilizers used for crops. Due to its high concentration of Nitrogen (46%) it is extremely important for the metabolism of any type of plant.
For this winter cycle 2022 – 2023, through the Project for the partial subsidy of nitrogenous fertilizer (Urea), the MAG will intervene in 30,708 hectares, benefiting 5,849 producers of rice, corn and pastures, with a budget close to USD 3 million.
The benefited producers also receive free technical assistance. This helps them to make proper use of the input.
The subsidized urea significantly reduces production costs and improves productivity; therefore, it improves the supply for domestic consumption and for export.
In Cayambe, eleven producers also received motorized scythes, milk cans and earrings for the identification of their bovines, as well as the legal status of the Santo Domingo de Guzmán Commune, which brings together 88 producers of flowers, cattle and raw milk.
Minister Manzano affirmed that in this way the National Government supports the organization and strengthens the association, one of the lines of work of the current administration.