Argentina: Garlic sector calls for a mobilization

The Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Garlic, Onions and Similar Products of the Province of Mendoza (Asocamen), called its member to mobilize on February 4 in Mendoza's downtown, to protest against the application of a tax on garlic exports.

Asocamen stated that, since they had exhausted all formal channels  to protest the application of said tax and hadn't been given an answer, they were forced to take action to raise awareness. The decision was made by the Assembly on January 15.

In September 2018 the National Government confirmed the return of the withholdings, with a scheme that aroused concern in the agricultural sector, as the so-called right to export forces primary producers $4 pesos for each dollar exported and those who export industrialized products $3 pesos per dollar exported.

The garlic was considered a primary activity by the government so producers will be forced to pay the highest tax, which generated a greater rejection of it by the sector: "garlic requires capital and its a labor intensive activity that has a high post-harvest added value, however it is being treated as a primary product in terms of export duties," they said. In addition, local producers were forced to accept the lowest international prices in the last 5 years.

The Association asked the governor of the Province, Alfredo Cornejo, to get involved in the matter, with a more energetic claim to the National Government.


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