Given the current world crisis due to the Russia-Ukraine war and new alerts due to COVID-19, the Minister of Agriculture, Enrique Parada, stated that the institution is working on a series of agricultural programs that seek to guarantee the country’s food security.
«We will get out of this global crisis if we work together. For this reason, my team is working on a plan to provide agricultural inputs at a preferential price for producers, so we will increase production and keep the national market supplied» — he detailed.
Among the bets, the official highlighted that the institution seeks to accelerate and promote projects such as Rural Adelante, Reclima, and Sembrando Vida, which have benefited more than 40,000 families.
Likewise, he said that with the reforms to the Special Agricultural Trust (Fideagro), the benefits are extended to some 25,000 producers of corn, beans, fruits, vegetables, ranchers, and the fishing sector. The financial initiative contemplates credits of up to $5,000 with interest rates of up to 4%.
«There is still a lot to do for the agricultural rescue to be fulfilled, after years where previous efforts were dedicated to destroying the granaries of Central America. That does not stop us and we have plans to create new supply centers» — The minister stated.
Another of the novelties announced by the head of agriculture is the commitment to the digital transformation of agriculture with the implementation of Agrotechnological Input Programs (Piatec) and the Single Registry of Agricultural Producers (RUPA).
As a first step, the institution called on corn and bean producers to register at piatec.mag.gob.sv and be able to access benefits such as agricultural packages and virtual and face-to-face support.
In 2022, the agricultural package includes seed, foliar fertilizer, and seed treater. In addition, the benefit extends to coffee growers as well.
«More than 12,000 coffee growers from the six mountain ranges will receive foliar fertilizers. The inputs are expected to contribute to increasing coffee production and reducing production costs for each beneficiary» — the MAG published.