The Government once again faced off with the Argentine Agroindustrial Council (CAA) for more than two hours after the latest measures on the temporary reduction of withholdings on soybeans and the return of the tariff differential in the oilseed complex that brought controversy in the bosom of the field.
The meeting, which was led by the Minister of Economy Martin Guzman, the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, the Minister of Production, Matias Kulfas and the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Basterra, among other officials, the bases were raised so that at the end of the year the Bill to the National Congressl with the objective of increasing agro-industrial exports to 100,000 million dollars and the generation of 700,000 jobs.
For this, Four technical tables will be created: increase the productivity of the different agro-industrial chains in order to promote value addition, job creation and export growth; respect the need to maintain tax collection in a context in which fiscal sustainability must be guaranteed to achieve macroeconomic stability; guarantee the supply of the domestic market and protect the impact on food prices at the table of Argentine families; and implement a work plan to achieve greater administrative simplification of procedures related to exports, involving various agencies and ministries in order to streamline production processes and facilitate access to international markets, especially for small and medium agro-industrial companies.
“All these groups will work until November 4, when the next meeting with the Government will be to analyze whether the bill and some specific measures can be announced before the end of the year,” he remarked to Clarín. Gustavo Idigoras, President of the Chamber of the Oil Industry and the Cereal Exporters Center (Ciara-CEC), who was accompanied by José Martins, president of the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange and spokesperson for the Council, Roberto Domenech, president of the Center for Poultry Processing Companies (CEPA), Dart Church, coordinator of the Mesa de las Carnes and Patricia ortiz, president of Bodegas de Argentinas while on the side of the Liaison Table the only one who attended was Jorge Chemes, President of the Argentine Rural Confederations.
Therefore, in order to move forward with this project, this Thursday the Agroindustrial Council, which is made up of 57 entities and chambers, will meet to assemble each work table and address each specific issue.
As it turned out, at the meeting There was no specific talk of a reduction in withholdings for grains or for meat and dairy, something that the producers and above all, the members of the Liaison Table have been asking for.
Regarding what was the latest official decisions on the temporary reduction of withholdings on soybeans and the return of the differential in the oilseed complex, Chemes told the government representatives that they do not want this tariff difference and it is harmful to what is search.
“I raised the need to generate a confidence shock to the producer because otherwise it will be very difficult to achieve what we are looking for,” the head of Cra told Clarín after the meeting.
The fact is that there was a lot of discomfort from the entities that make up the Liaison Table since they already slid beyond that they disagree, were not consulted and were defining whether they continued to be part of the Agroindustrial Council.
At the end of the meeting at the Palacio de Hacienda, Cafiero, assured that “what we are looking for is to vindicate production and employment to reduce povertya, which is ultimately the government’s agenda, the commitment we had last year and how we want to continue working this year. This is an important sector that has a very large export capacity and Argentina needs these sectors to become more dynamic and have all the support of the Government to stand up, to produce more and to generate more employment ”.
Regarding the content of the meeting, the Chief of Staff pointed out that “we discussed the bill for agro-industrial development, we began to talk about what this project would consist of and also about more sectoral issues and those related to management, to make the company more beneficial. export”.
For its part, Guzmán highlighted the importance of dialogue and the continuity of the meetings to “consolidate a law that encourages the development of agribusiness and is good for the country; that creates jobs and increases production and exports “, adding:”The way to normalize the economy and generate predictability is to work together”.