The Agromercados, promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), boost the economy of hundreds of small national producers who, in turn, bring fresh, quality products at good prices to Salvadoran families, said the vice minister of this portfolio of states, Oscar Dominguez.
In this sense, the official stated that only in 2022 did the producers manage to sell a total of $1.5 million in these establishments and that only in the first months of 2023 will the sum exceed $150,000.
“We surpassed $1.5 million in 2022, and this year we have more than $150,000. In this Agromercados strategy, all small and medium producers make direct sales, therefore the profit margin for them is wide,” the official said.
In addition, Domínguez stated that when President Bukele’s administration began, there were only four agromercados, but now there are more than 27 points of sale, mostly from small and medium-sized producers in different parts of the country, specifically in San Salvador, La Libertad, Sonsonate, Chalatenango, Ahuachapán, Santa Ana, San Miguel, and La Paz.
Of that amount, 16 establishments are exclusively for the sale of products such as vegetables, meat, eggs, and dairy products at cost prices, in which the large industry also participates.
“It is an effort by the Ministry, but it is a mandate from President Bukele, who demands results for the benefit of the population. It is an integrated initiative as part of a whole strategy to lower prices,” explained the vice minister.
Yesterday, the MAG published that the agromercados will be open starting tomorrow, Wednesday, and that the points where the sales will be located will be officially revealed through social networks.