May 16, 2022 6:10 am

“We sell to 100 and pay more than 200″: the Rural alert for the economic situation

The president of the Argentine Rural Society (SRA), Nicolás Pino, complained about the effect of the exchange gap on production. “We sell our products at 100 (pesos) and pay for supplies at more than 200”, He said.

The ruralista spoke in this way during a speech yesterday at the rural exhibition of Comodoro Rivadavia. “I am convinced that Patagonia has impressive potential, and to develop it we must correct the country’s macroeconomic difficulties, including the double exchange rate: we sell our products at 100 and pay for supplies at more than 200”, He said.

In his speech, Pino highlighted the need to “find common agreements for work in the field.” He added: “The government is responsible for generating them.”

The ruralista participated there in a meeting with the rural associations and federations of the provinces of Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego. It was called “Patagonian Livestock Encounter”.

A critical document on the situation of cattle ranching in Patagonia came out of that meeting. “Patagonian livestock is going through one of the worst moments in recent decades”, was one of the messages of the “Patagonian Livestock Meeting”. In addition to Pino, Jorge Chemes, president of the Argentine Rural Confederations (CRA), was present at the exhibition.

The “Patagonian Livestock Meeting” spoke of “ample indicators” that have an impact on the activity. “The macroeconomic context is -by far- the biggest drag on production in Patagonia. The sum of factors such as the current exchange rate, high inflation, unsustainable fiscal pressure, withholdings, commercial restrictions with quotas and closures, as well as the lack of clear and sustainable rules over time, are undoubtedly the bulk of the problem and those that scare away people and investments from the countryside”, Indian.

He added that there are also other factors that are added, such as droughts, recurring snowfalls, cattle rustling, usurpations, among others.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Agriculture, Matías Lestani, and the Undersecretary of Livestock, José María Romero, participated in the rural exhibition on behalf of the head of the agricultural portfolio, Julián Domínguez. The officials spoke with producers and entities.

Matías Lestani, third from the left, at the meeting with producers

“We worked on an agenda that was coordinated with the entities and with the ministers of the Patagonian provinces where we were working on the 2022 agenda that will be delivered through the sheep chain table and the formation of the different technical teams that will be working on concrete solutions,” he said.

“The minister’s decision is to accompany the sheep sector because it is very important for Patagonia and Argentina and we want to promote it. It is one of the meats that has more possibilities to grow in Argentina. It is one of the least consumed,” he added.

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