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Argentine farmers protest against Fernández government

Hundreds of rural producers in Argentina started this Wednesday (13) a mobilization against the government of President Alberto Fernández due to economic policies that, for them, do not favor the correct development of the agricultural sector.

This day of protests, promoted by the so-called Mesa de Enlace, which is composed of the four main associations of rural employers in the country, includes the suspension of the grain and cattle trade for 24 hours, as well as demonstrations and assemblies in various parts of the country.

The main demands of the agricultural sector are related to the scarcity of fuel, the increase in of diesel prices and restrictions on imports, although there are also general demands, such as limiting public spending, reducing export taxes and promoting measures that “build confidence and encourage investment”.

“What the countryside wants today is to show public opinion the reality of what it is experiencing, a reality with a lack of policies, with decisions that do not generate confidence and that unfortunately go against what not only the agricultural sector, but the entire country needs”, said the president of the Argentine Rural Confederations, Jorge Chemes, to the C5N news channel.

The chief of staff, Juan Manzur, expressed the government’s rejection of the strike, highlighting the commitment to “dialogue” with agricultural organizations.

“We do not agree with this strike. We don’t think this leads to anything,” Manzur told reporters.

The protest comes amid a sharp rise in international commodity prices since the war in Ukraine that favors agro-exporters from Argentina, a of the world’s largest producers and exporters of grains and derivatives.

According to the latest estimates from the Rosario Commerce Exchange, exports of agro-industrial products will reach US$ 41,281 billion in 2022, US$ 3,231 billion more than in the previous year, confirming the sector as the main generator of foreign currency in the country.

In addition to this situation resulting from the war in Ukraine, Argentine agriculture has had a difficult relationship with the Kirchnerist governments since 2008, particularly due to to the high export duties on grains and derivatives, an important source of revenue for the Argentine Revenue.

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