Shortage of diesel: strike of carriers slows down the sugar harvest

The carriers began an indefinite strike on Tuesday to protest the shortage of diesel. “No truck will enter or leave the province”, assured from the Chamber of Tucumán, which is part of one of the 43 Argentine Federation of Freight Transport Business Entities (FADEEAC).

Also the lack of gasoil, the carriers claim for a price equal to that of Buenos Aires, as well as the lack of access to spare parts and tires. On Route 302, there are lines of trucks stranded on the road that are stopped without being able to move forward.

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On the other hand; Tucuman carriers assured that diesel is paid at $230 a liter when in Buenos Aires it is paid at a lower price and they warn that it is difficult to compete this wayexcluding them from the market.

Losses for sugar mills

This strike had consequences for the sugar mills in the province, especially economic ones. The Argentine Sugar Center explained in a statement that the paralysis of the mills means an important disorder, especially in terms of economic damagefor what each start-up of sugar mill implies, the breaking of the cane harvest-transport-milling chain, and the fall in jobs and services included in it.

“There are productive consequences because, as is known, the harvest has a certain period in which it can be done and in which the cane provides a yield that allows offsetting costs. After this period, production will undoubtedly be affected. For the same reason, the production and dispatch of bioethanol destined for its mixture with gasoline is hindered”, the statement concludes.

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In this sense, and along the same lines, Balcanes SA in its statement states that the Usina La Florida and Cruz Alta sugar mills are paralyzed due to the lack of cane to grind due to the strike by carriers who do not allow trucks to reach the factories.

And he adds, “a decision that puts at risk the activity that brings together more than 3,000 families directly in our companies”.

Clashes between carriers and mill workers

On the other hand; Catherine Rocchia Ferroadministrator of Balcanes SA, in communication with PERFIL commented that they will soon stop the Aguilares Sugar Mill because the carriers are also cutting off the Río Chico zone.

Rocchia Ferro said that “our workers called themselves in the Gutiérrez roundabout for the carriers to lift the cut and they were attacked by the police with rubber bullets”.

“What is my fault for the lack of diesel, I don’t have tires either and I send them to Córdoba to fix them, I don’t know what else they want.”affirmed the administrator of Balcanes SA And added: “there are people who cannot work and it is a seasonal activity, you call them when you need them and they cannot collect their wages”.

This is not a problem of Jaldo -governor of Tucumán-, he went to Buenos Aires and made the arrangements for us to have fuel and that does not satisfy the carriers, it is not a problem of the Executive Power”, concluded Catalina Rocchia Ferro.

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For your part; Osvaldo Jaldo filed two complaints -one addressed to the Regional Prosecutor’s Office of the Judicial Center of the Capital and the other to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office on Duty- in the that asks the Justice to take preventive measures in order to guarantee the right to freedom of movement of the people or entities that are affected by the measure, according to what La Gaceta reported.

Problems to access diesel

There are 21 provinces that present problems of access to diesel, of which 14 register a very low or no supply at service stations, including Tucumán next to Buenos Aires, Entre Ríos, Corrientes, Misiones, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Santiago del Estero, Tucumán, Salta, Jujuy, Chaco, Formosa , San Juan, and Mendoza.

Nevertheless, The Government launched measures to deal with the problem, but from different sectors of the countryside they maintain that they are not a substantive solution. At the same time, a rise in the percentage of biodiesel in diesel oil was established, from 5 to 12.5%, with the aim of increasing the supply of fuel. On the other hand, the measure led to an average rise of 12% in the country’s suppliers.

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