Mexico will begin producing its own nitrogen fertilizer next year and reduce its dependency on Ukraine for the product.
Production will take place at a fertilizer plant in Tamaulipas operated by Pemex. The state oil company bought the mothballed plant — it had been inactive for 15 years — earlier this year.
Agriculture Secretary Enrique Martínez y Martínez said most fertilizer used in Mexico, particularly nitrogen, is imported.
“At the start of the year Mexico will be able to count on sufficient domestic fertilizer at a better price, because it will be produced with gas that is going for around $3 or $4 . . . .”
Natural gas is the primary raw material used in producing nitrogen.
On Friday, Martínez y Martínez accompanied the governor on a tour, reviewing the harvest of threshed sorghum in the municipality of Valle Hermoso.
Between sorghum and white and yellow corn more than 3 million tonnes will be harvested in Tamaulipas this year, a record. The production represents 35% of what is produced nationally.
Pemex’ entry into the manufacture of fertilizer was also marked by the company’s purchase of a urea plant in Veracruz in January.