The head of the MGAP assured that the climatic emergency, the scarce fodder, and the seasonal frosts will hit the producers.
The minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishing (MGAP), fernando mattosassured today that several of the agricultural producers “they’re going to have a pretty rough time” during the winter. In addition to the current climatic emergency due to water deficit, which had a full impact on stocks of fodder for animal consumption, the alarm situation that the country is experiencing due to the detection of foci of avian flu, and the expected seasonal frosts that , as expected, will continue to punish national crops.
In his speech before the Rice Growers Association (HERE) in the department of RiveraMattos congratulated the rice growers as “one of the few sectors that will be able to celebrate” after “getting through a difficult year”, and seeing themselves immersed in a context of three consecutive years of droughtwhere the producers “had to make important maneuvers” in the use of water to “successfully reach the harvest.”
The head of the MGAP dedicated a few words to those who have lost their crops, and stated that “various producers they are going to have very important losses” During 2023, since “the fields are dry”, the forage supply contracted, and even today several graze their cattle on the roads and neighboring roads.
Regarding this aspect, he highlighted that during winter there will be a “very good demand for rice by-products” destined for animal nutrition, and urged rice growers to collaborate with other producers who “they have their cattle on the brink of death” with rice straw, a fiber that will be “of utmost importance” so that the animals can face that season of the year.
The minister commented that the government “is committed to the national productive sector”, and gave as an example the works that are being carried out at the road level, and the measures that have been taken throughout the agricultural emergency, something that was possible thanks to the “responsible management” of state resources. However, he acknowledged that there are still issues to attend to, such as the exchange rate.
Mattos appreciated the government’s efforts to open markets
Mattos, also valued the government’s efforts to open markets, and gave as an example the work that was carried out in Mexico for the entry of parboiled rice, in addition to the placement of paddy rice at Guatemala. He also highlighted attempts to improve trade relations with other countries of Central America as Costa Rica and Panama.
However, he recalled that the international market continues to be unstable due to the war in Europeand “the geopolitical pressures generated by the rise in fuel prices”, concerns that have displaced the 1000 dollars per ton of urea, when fertilizers were the central problem of the rice sector in the Uruguay.