Tunis/Tunisia — A ship carrying 8,700 tonnes of Ammonium nitrate is expected Friday in Tunisia. A national committee made up of various stakeholders will monitor the distribution of imported fertilisers, says Minister of Trade and Export Development Mohamed Boussaïd.
The presence of the stakeholders is meant to ensure better transparency of distribution channels as well as combat speculation and monopoly practices, the Minister was quoted as saying in a statement issued Thursday.
Bousaid, who held online meetings on February 9 and 10 with the ministry's local directors, also said his department has planned the import of quantities of Ammonium nitrate (in batches) while setting the selling prices to farmers in a bid to meet the shortage of that substance due to a drop in national production.
Meetings will be held with various stakeholders from the Ministries of Agriculture and Industry and professional sectors so as to address the issue and find adequate solutions given their direct impact on producers and consumers.
This shortage is due to the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the blocking of production by social protests, according to the Tunisian Chemical Group (French: GCT).
The GCT called for a national consultation to save this group, which is currently unable to pay salaries.