Jenny Ocampo is sworn in as Peru’s new Minister of Agriculture, replacing Andrés Alencastre.

Jenny Ocampo, until now director general of the Directorate of Artisanal Fisheries of the Peruvian Ministry of Production, has been sworn in as the new Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri), replacing Andrés Alencastre.

The Peruvian politician, an agronomist engineer, previously worked as regional manager of Productive Development in the regional government of the province of Lambayeque and as commercial manager, according to information from the newspaper ‘El Comercio’.

In addition, she has been a consultant for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for two years and has also worked as a specialist in Rural Agro. Ocampo thus assumes the Ministry of Agriculture after the departure of Alencastre in the middle of the fertilizer crisis and after the impossibility of the Government to finalize the purchase of urea with the Italian company Unionsped, which has raised criticism.

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This was the third purchase attempt by the authorities. “We have declared deserted this decision of the international purchase because it is no longer possible to go against the urgency of the need for fertilizers for the 2022-2023 agricultural campaign,” said the now former minister.

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