Through the publication of Decree 1055/2020, the Government determined to eliminate withholdings on pear and apple exports. This measure will have a great impact on the Valley's fruit growing sector, as it will allow it to save nearly 1,000 million pesos a year. The measure came into effect on January 1, 2021, weeks before the region's pear and apple harvest begins.
The Government also announced that the Emergency was extended for the region's small and medium producers.
According to sources from the Ministry of Agriculture, the national senator for Rio Negro, Martin Doñate, played a big role in the Government's decision to eliminate withholdings. "These millions will directly benefit our producers and the economy of our province. The elimination of the withholdings will help generate jobs and greater investments for the production and development of Rio Negro," Doñate said in a press release.
“I want to thank the President of the Nation, Alberto Fernandez, the Minister of Economy, Martin Guzman, and, of course, the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Basterra. These are the kind of announcements and decisions that we who have public responsibilities enjoy the most in our daily activities. This will make a real change in people's life while supporting a productive sector to bring back an activity that gives life and work,” the legislator remarked.
The Federation of Producers of Río Negro and Neuquén highlighted the work they had carried out with Senator Martin Doñate and celebrated the reduction in withholdings on exports and the extension of the production emergency for six more months. They also said that both measures would bring relief for small and medium fruit producers.