Guatemala Unable to Commercialize Fertilizers

From today onwards the country has no regulation to register, import or export fertilizer or similar products.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

This situation arises as the Constitutional Court suspended regulation 127-2009 of the Agriculture Ministry.

Representatives from chemical unions and associations urged the Ministry to issue new regulation to reestablish commerce of fertilizers and related goods.

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January 2015

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food announced it will be buying 1.74 million bags of fertilizer, in order to start delivery of fertilizer in April.

From a statement issued by the Government of Guatemala:

The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), Elmer López, reported that in the second half of April it will begin distributing fertilizers to more than 1.7 million farmers nationwide.

$41 million Fertilizer Contracts

April 2014

Guatemala's government has awarded two contracts to Disagro for $22 million and Tigsa for $20 million for 1.5 million quintals of fertilizer.

In the process of supply and distribution of fertilizers the rating board of the National Development Fund (FONADES) awarded the security services contract for custody and safekeeping of the product to Serseco on March 27, for $380,000.

Guatemala May Face Fertilizer Shortage

October 2010

The absence of import regulations, products and company registration could create the shortage.

This was acknowledged by the Ministry of Agriculture in Guatemala, responsible for issuing the new regulations.

An article in the Free Press website states, "The problem started six months ago, when the Constitutional Court suspended the agreement 127-2009 of the Ministry of Agriculture, regulating imports, exports and registration of companies, fertilizer and agrochemicals as well as renewals registration.”

Guatemala Resumes Fertilizer Imports

April 2010

Through a ministerial agreement, the Agriculture Ministry has temporarily resumed fertilizer imports.

A ministry spokesperson explained that the agreement could be published on the official government newspaper as early as today, after which it would become active.

“127-2009, the previous agreement regulating fertilizer imports, exports and registration, was suspended by the Constitutional Court (CC) on December, but this decision only came into effect yesterday, after it was published on the government newspaper”, reported

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