Mercosur does not put certain policies into practice

Argentina's coastal farmers do not receive enough help

Like almost all regional economies, citrus producers on the coast do not receive enough aid: "60% of what we produce goes to the State and we do not see it returning to the citrus fruits. We are not receiving help," complained Nestor Mover, the president of the Citrus Federation of Entre Rios (FeCiER).

In dialogue with Bichos de Campo, the producer complained because "we have an increasingly higher production cost due to the taxes, which takes away profitability despite the fact that we work to achieve a good quantity and quality of citrus fruits, specially of oranges and mandarins."

"Our labor system can't be reversed as is being proposed, and it is unsustainable," the leader added. "Citrus producers are called 'slavers', but there is no system that fits our activity. The tasks we do are mostly temporary, and although we have made many proposals, there is no system that adapts to our conditions, so we end up having unpleasant situations that end in court. The people that should work on these policies are not doing it," he said.

A few days ago, the ABC (Argentine Committee of Blueberries), CAFI (Argentine Chamber of Integrated Fruit Growers), CAPCI (Argentine Chamber of Integrated Cherry Growers) and FEDERCITRUS (Argentine Federation of Citrus), which account for more than 90% of the Argentine export of fresh fruits, signed a statement in which they expressed that the increase of the Non Taxable Minimum for employer burdens, which was recently announced by President Mauricio Macri, was a positive measure but that it was insufficient.

Regarding the opening of the Brazilian market for Argentine citrus, Mover said that it still was an expression of desire. "We have a Mercosur that is definitely just a name to appreciate from afar, as its policies aren't being put into practice. The problem is that we are the country with the most expensive production cost in the world. So we are forced to put 70% of our production into the domestic market," he added.

Source: caa.nearural 

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