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Argentina: Farmers arrived at Cordoba city to protest against tax burdens

The inhabitants of the city of Cordoba were surprised by the protest of a large group of farmers who invaded the town mounted on 30 tractors to express their rejection of the high taxes plaguing the country.

The Agricultural Liaison Committee noted that their manifestation aimed at creating awareness of the situation being experienced by the sector and how the policies implemented by the national government are harming them. Their main goal is to cut the tax burden to which they are subjected.

The farmers in the Plaza of San Martin gave away fruit and vegetables accompanied by leaflets with the prices that consumers paid at the market and the prices paid to the producers: e.g. the flyers showed how banana producers from Formosa were being paid 0.60 cents per kilo while bananas were being sold at 22 pesos per kilo in supermarkets.

The representatives from Coninagro, Rural Society, the Farm Bureau and Argentine Rural Confederation were present at the protest. Some believe this mobilization is the beginning of a nationalization of the agricultural protest.

In a radio interview, the head of Coninagro Cordoba, Marco Giraudo, stated that the different taxes they had to pay amounted to 82% of their income. "It's such a high tax burden we have had enough," he said.

"We need the government to start talking about how to combat inflation and public spending," he claimed. He also warned that the sector would be adversely affected by significant weather events.

"It's an open air industry. The climate determines the harvest. "A few days ago, a hailstorm damaged 90,000 hectares in the departments of Union and Marcos Juarez, and some of the most affected crops were corn, soy and wheat," he recalled.

Meanwhile, the treasurer of Cordoba's Agrarian Federation, Miguel Campetella, said the National Bank had closed their credit lines and the inputs were very expensive.

Source: Infobae

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