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The Federation of Grain Collectors questioned the Government’s decision to extend wheat shipments for one year, a measure that the Ministry of Agriculture took to avoid pressure on domestic prices. There are cereal exports recorded for almost 9 million tons, with a large percentage committed between December and next February.

“It’s rudimentary. We have asked officials for clarification, especially on article 4. Many farmers do not understand that it is an extension of the contract. This generates disagreements between producers, exporters, collectors and cooperatives. More than 50% of the grains go through there. We want it to be clarified.” he pointed Fernando Rivera, president of the entity.

Article 4 refers to the fact that, like exporters, producers may justify the reasons for eventual problems in fulfilling contracts: “The same reasons of force majeure may be alleged by the producers in the event of incurring in non-compliance with respect to the exporters, who must admit said circumstance.”

The collection entity brings together 800 companies. The sector, said Rivara, moves more than US$20,000 million in the commercialization of grains, phytosanitary products and fuels and is the main source of financing for producers.

Among other issues, Rivara also criticized trusts that seek to decouple internal prices from external ones, such as those for oil, flour and noodles. “Trusts are illegal taxes. They are not sanctioned by the National Congress. They are provisions issued by a secretary of the Executive Branch that should not continue to exist. We ask the producer entities, Ciara-CEC [exportadores] and FAIM [molineros], that they go to Justice because they are withholding money without their consent. It is essential to end these things that we are experiencing daily ”, Rivera said.

Later, Rivara pointed to the political class. “What politicians -government and opposition- lack is the courage to end privileges,” he pointed.

“The mistake is in removing production from those who generate work and wealth. We need brave people to attack privilege,” he added. Then he remarked: “Argentine society donates 2.4 billion dollars every year to a couple of companies based in Tierra del Fuego.” He added that “an employee of the judiciary does not pay income tax.”


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