The Government evaluates reopening corn exports after reaching an agreement with the producers

Meeting of Minister Luis Basterra with representatives of the Argentine Agroindustrial Council (Photo: Ministry of Agriculture)
Meeting of Minister Luis Basterra with representatives of the Argentine Agroindustrial Council (Photo: Ministry of Agriculture)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, reported this afternoon that after a meeting between the head of that portfolio, Louis basterra, and the representatives of the Agroindustrial Council, The possibility of reopening corn exports, which were closed until March 1, is being evaluated. It should be remembered that the official measure received a broad rejection from the agro-industrial chain and the launch of a 72-hour grain marketing halt starting next Monday, by a sector of the Liaison Table.

Through a statement, the agricultural portfolio assured: We express satisfaction with the agreements reached and we will carry out an evaluation of the volumes reported to determine if the decision to reopen the registry for export is anticipated. “

Once the meeting was over, it transpired that the Minister of Agriculture held meetings at the Ministry of Economy and at the Government House.

As reported by the ministry, Today, an understanding was advanced between national officials and representatives of the Agroindustrial Council, with the aim of guaranteeing the internal supply of corn for the sectors that require cereal as an input to produce and sustain accessible price levels for Argentines throughout the national territory.

During the meeting, the Minister of Agriculture received a work report from the productive sectors expressing their commitment to implement different actions on various central axes. They are:

-Guarantee internal supply.

-Mimitate the effects of sudden changes in international prices that impact consumption and promote easier access to production

-Generate a fluid commercialization, considering the needs of demand, internal supply and prices.

-Create a permanent corn and wheat workbench that allows greater predictability to the needs of each sector involved.

As this media learned, representatives of the private sector guaranteed that there is enough corn to supply the domestic market, until the current season’s harvest begins to enter the marketing channels.

Yesterday from Federation of Cereal Collectors Union Centers and Entities They warned that “there is no danger of a shortage of corn, since Argentina has had the second largest harvest in history with 51 million tons. As of today there are more than 8 million tons of stock in the domestic market, a volume more than enough to supply the 3.46 million tons required by the domestic market during January and February ”.

Repercussions

At the end of the meeting with the Argentine Agroindustrial Council and in a statement, Minister Luis Basterra commented: “It has been possible to put the various private interests by virtue of a greater and fundamental good such as the common good, making private interests compatible with the need of the state to guarantee essential goods to all Argentines, within the framework of food security” .

And he added: “It is important that the sectors involved commit to generating mechanisms that, in agreement between private parties, help to decouple domestic prices from the dynamism of international prices, guaranteeing the table of Argentines, the fight against extreme poverty generating local work ”.

They attended the headquarters of the agricultural portfolio on behalf of the Agroindustrial Council, the president of the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange and Spokesperson of the Council, José Martins; the president of the Cereal Exporters Center and of the Oil Industry Chamber, Gustavo Idígoras; the president of the Argentine Maize and Sorghum Association, Alberto Morelli and the reference of the Center for Poultry Processing Companies, Roberto Domenech. For his part, Minister Luis Basterra was accompanied by the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Julian Echazarreta, and the Undersecretary of Political Coordination, Ariel Martinez.

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