Producers analyze joining the carriers' protest and the conflict worsens

Agricultural producers, grouped in the Independence Groupanalyze joining the carrier protest which is carried out in different parts of the country, with blockades on some routes, to complain about the scarcity and rising cost of diesel. Producers could collaborate with cuts the main accesses to the cities of Buenos Aires and even blockades of refineriesto demand that production be prioritized in fuel supply.

In turn, the ruralistas denounced, through a video that they spread on social networks, that there was a police repression in the roundabout of “Los Gutiérrez” on provincial route 304, 10 minutes from the capital of Tucuman, during a demonstration by the Association of Freight Carriers of Tucumán (ATCT)who leads Eduardo Reinoso and that from midnight on Tuesday a strike began “for an indefinite period of time.”

After a discussion between the carriers and the employees of a sugar mill, a police repression was unleashed on Tuesday in Tucumán, during a cut on the “Los Gutiérrez” roundabout. (Source: Instagram “Self-summoned from the field”)

Then the sugar businessman Jorge Rocchia Ferro He told the newspaper La Gaceta that, in reality, the employees of his La Florida sugar mill were the only victims of that repression after arguing with the carriers to free the place, and blamed the police authorities and Reinoso for what happened.

When the mill stops, the shifts do not come in and it is people who lose work. (The employees) went to ask the people at the roundabout (who were on strike), and obviously there were discussions, but the passage was achieved. Afterwards there were some skirmishes, and the police appeared, repressing only the employees of La Florida”, explained Rocchia Ferro.

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In the midst of this convulsive context, the referents of the Grupo Independencia, which has self-organized producers and basic affiliates of agricultural entities, are analyzing, together with the carriers, joining the claim that is made in a large part of the country.

In dialogue with TNthe agricultural producer Ivan Castellaroone of the referents of the nucleation, assured that they maintain a fluid dialogue with United Transporters of Argentina (TUDA)who leads Santiago Carucci, who was “the nexus” to also interact with the other groups in that sector that participate in the claim. Between these, Autoconvocados Unidos, by Walter Leguizamón, and the Single Union of Port Administration Workers (Sutap)among other.

We have been having a talk for about 10 days to see how we can manifest ourselves together. So surely a part of the agricultural sector could join the same demonstration. The modality or the date has not yet been defined, but the idea is to do something these days. Not only are there self-convened members of the Grupo Independencia, there are also grassroots affiliates of different provincial entities, such as the 4 unions of the liaison table. In addition, there are representatives of industry and tourism chambers”, he commented.

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About that, he limited: “Since the government has been hitting the entire production chainfrom the beginning to the end, we are starting to get together to go out and defend ourselves all together. A lot of ideas were considered, from the blockade of refineries to cutting the main access arteries to the City of Buenos Aires”.

In dialogue with TNthe producer Diego Pascualwho is also a member of Grupo Independencia, commented that next Wednesday, June 29, in the City of Buenos Aires, they will attend the meeting proposed by the liaison table to issue a document together with other sectors of the economy, and then hold a awareness day in the first days of July.

Diesel is being received by those closest to power, who can continue traveling while the rest of the population is suffering. There is no transport of (Hugo) Moyano that has stopped, ”he emphasized.

They affirm that “there is a lack of basic inputs for all production”

Castellaro, who produces in lands of the provinces of Santa Fe and Entre Ríosassured that the problem is not only limited to fuel, but that “Basic inputs for all production are lacking.”

“Before this strike, production was already slowed down by the lack of fuel, spare parts, and tires. We are suffering from a shortage of basic supplies to be able to work,” he said.

The producer exemplified: “It happened to me that a self-unloading trailer cover burst in the middle of the harvest and I could not get covers. Now we are finishing harvesting, but We paid $220 per liter for diesel in Entre Ríos a month ago, and in Santa Fe a little less.”.

The carriers' protest began with a strike in Tucumán.  (Photo: Telam)
The carriers’ protest began with a strike in Tucumán. (Photo: Telam)

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In turn, he commented that in Entre Ríos they got barely 100 liters per day. “With that amount, between the harvester and the tractor you can work less than 3 hours.”

For his part, Pascuale, from the Santa Fe town of carcaraña, commented: “The country was already at a standstill due to lack of fuel. I’m going down route 9 and there is no truck. The carriers in the area cannot travel north due to the shortage of diesel, and now obviously the blockades are added, but everything was already paralyzed.

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In this regard, he asserted that some crops, such as late-season corn and cotton, cannot finish harvesting in the center-north of the country.

In this sense, when being interviewed this Tuesday by TNthe president of the Association of Agricultural and Livestock Producers of Northern Argentina (Apronor), Augustus Battighad warned: “It is going to complicate us, because we are in full sugar cane harvest, with an advance of between 30% and 35%, and that means that many trucks are needed to move that crop. It is also beginning to become widespread threshing batches of sorghum and cornwhich between the two have an advance of less than 15% in the collection”.

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