Perhaps because for many producers there is less and less room for doubt and they think that, after the corn stocks, another will come for wheat and meat, the Liaison Table that brings together the rural entities will define this midday “the action steps to follow “. Among them, assemblies that will escalate to a probable strike, according to the stark vision of one of its members.
Last Wednesday, as soon as the initiative was known, to stop corn exports until March 1, the entities expressed “His most absolute dislike. It is a measure that goes against everything that can be expected, what we believe should be done and common sense ”.
Jorge Chemes, president of the CRA, said that there are rural people in the interior who are planning a strike. Tomorrow the council of the Rural meets and on Wednesday that of the CRA. In turn, that day there is an assembly in Bell Ville (Córdoba), on Thursday in Pergamino (Buenos Aires), on Friday another near Rosario on Route 9 and on Saturday in Amstrong, Santa Fe. They are organized by self-convened producers, who put pressure on the Liaison Board.
By Monday 18, road cuts were already announced in Cruz del Eje, Rio Cuarto, San Luis, Villaguay, Tostado, Reconquista, Crespo, Sinsacate and the self-convened speak of carrying out the strike on that date.
By the way, the corn stocks surprised the agricultural leaders who had become enthusiastic about a closer relationship with President Alberto Fernández, always with friendly words towards the sector. Many point to the vice president. Cristina Kirchner was explicit in her message of take care of the table of the Argentines. But for Daniel Pelegrina. Rural owner, this stocks far from lowering the price of corn, can cause shortages. “The spirits are very heated,” he explains to Clarion noting that there are old-crop corn stocks for about $ 800 million.
“Cristina does not leave her hands free,” said another producer who fears the repetition in the government of the adversary’s logic, of putting the farmers on the front side. Precisely, an Amplificagro survey that every month consults 465 CEOs of agricultural firms, revealed yesterday that on a scale of 1 to 10, 88% of those consulted rated the political climate with less than 5 points and that the suspension of the corn exports, “It only justifies the negative gaze of the field”, they justified. The investment climate also gets the lowest rating. Curiously, the least negative for those consulted is the climatological dimension.
Nobody ignores the arm’s length of interests around corn, defined by the president of La Rural, as an exceptional crop because it allows local development. Is that by obtaining many kilos It should be transformed in the growing area into milk, eggs, pork, beef or poultry and even into biofuel like Rio Cuarto from Córdoba, before transporting it as grain to ports.
This year with the drought, many lost part of what they planted with corn, a high-cost crop. A fact: in the north of the province of Buenos Aires, famous for its fertile land and good yields, planting a hectare of soy costs US $ 293, according to Márgenes Agropecuarios. Planting corn costs almost double: US $ 482 per hectare.
Part of this brake on exports is explained in the insistent request of the poultry industry to get out of the maximum prices given that if corn was worth $ 9,000 a ton in July, with the push in international prices it jumped to $ 19,000. Soybeans went from $ 14,000 to $ 27,000 in that period. Also, given the prospect of higher prices, even those who have corn feel that they have a bitcoin and it does not come off. “When you get it, you have to pay it in cash. For 45 days the balanced feed formula cannot be completed properly with 63% corn: 43% is used. Can they do it now with this new stocks?