Through a new unit at the MIDA, the government will provide certification, according to international standards, for farms in the country growing organic crops.
Besides the option provided by the new Control Authority of Certification of Organic Agricultural Production, which began operating in January, farmers can also choose to opt for certifications that are provided by private companies already operating in the country.
It has been estimated that in 2017 the sector producing and selling agricultural chemicals will achieve a performance similar to that of 2016, having ended the year with growth of 15% in sales.
The dynamism of agricultural activity in the country is the main reason behind the good performance of the agrochemical sector.Although official figures for the close of 2016 are not yet known, entrepreneurs estimate that growth was achieved in sales of around 15%.
The Guatemalan National Development Fund has awarded to the company Fertilizantes Maya S.A. a contract for the supply of fertilizers for agricultural use.
An offer was also received from the company Tigsa Fertilizantes S.A. in the amount of $30.2 million, but the award was given to the company that submitted the lowest bid, Fertilizantes Maya S.A., worth $25 million.
58% of Canadian families buy organic food at least once a week, making it an attractive market for companies producing these products.
The demand for organic food has grown in recent years both in Europe and in North America, where countries such as Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Canada are buying more and more organic food which is free of pesticides, dyes and other chemicals in order to improve their health. In Canada alone, 58% of households buy organic food at least once a week, making it an attractive market for companies producing these products.
A reduction in crop yields due to the lack of rain is affecting the marketing of these products, in cases such as herbicides, there has been a 40% drop in sales.
Less demand for fertilizers, herbicides and other agrochemicals needed to tend crops is causing an increase in inventories kept by marketers and generating greater downward pressure on the price of such products. In the case of fertilizer, so far a drop has been registered of "... between 10% and 15%," ... while in the category of herbicides and fungicides, reports are of "... decreases of up to 40%."
Between 2010 and 2011 the amount of land sown with seeds for organic products was reduced from 11,115 hectares to 7,448 hectares.
The reduction in revenues from developed markets due to the economic crisis and high production costs may be the reasons behind the reduction in the global demand for organic products, by companies in this sector.
In 2012 the country imported $232.5 million worth of fertilizers, a decrease of 6% compared to last year.
CentralAmericaData released its fertilizers imports report for 2012 in Costa Rica. Data includes by CIF totals, Average Weight and Prices, Product Description, Importer, Brands, Countries of Origin, Customs and Import Regimes.
Salvadoran authorities intend to promote the use of bio-fertilizers for the agricultural cycle 2013-2014, which are up to 90% cheaper than traditional chemicals.
According to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hugo Flores, at the request of organizations for producers of basic grains, the office of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG) is studying the use of biofertilizers for delivery this year, when the delivery of corm packages will start.
The " Cosecha Segura (safe harvest)" program, which acquires and distributes fertilizer, has suffered a reduction in its budget of 28%.
In 2012 the program received an allocation of Q 555 million ($71 million), a figure that dropped in the recently approved 2013 budget, to Q 400 million ($51 million).
According to a study made by the Universidad de la Esperanza (UNE), the amount will allow for the purchase of 442,000 bags of fertilizer for 721,000 families, leaving 220,000 families out of the program.
The country currently exports coffee, cardamom, macadamia, sesame, honey, lemon and black tea, and other products such as melon, papaya, mango and pineapple are seeking access to international markets.
Producers agree that the sale of crops raised organically generates profits of up to 70% more than those from traditional planting.
"Gaspar Armando, a cooperative farmer in the Mayan Peoples Federation (Fedepma) reported that although the volume of production is less, compared to coffee produced from chemicals, sales can generate higher profits by up 70 percent", reported Prensalibre.com.
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