December 13, 2013
Rural society questions CFK's dialogue call
If the president’s pro-dialogue move is mean-spirited, results are likely to be partial, head of the Argentine Rural Society (SRA) Luis Etchevehere warned as he analyzed the Kirchnerite rapprochement with “big players” of the economy. The farming sector was not “invited” to the government’s table when Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called for dialogue with business leaders following the PASO primaries defeat.
“If the call is mean and not generous, results will be partial and also mean. It is a pity because a new opportunity is being lost ahead of the elections to dialogue not only with economic sectors but also with social and political sectors,” Etchevehere told reporters as he pointed out the farming sector has had “no dialogue with national authorities over the past five years.”
“Farmers provide 60 percent of the money that enters the country and account for a third of the workforce, ”the SRA head insisted and considered “all sectors” should have been called to talks.
In that sense, the farming leader questioned the decision by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to meet only, he said, with “corporations.” “That is to downplay all political forces and institutions that have their own weight in society,” he considered and renewed farmers’ demands for official support.
Standoff between Kirchnerism and the rural sector has deepened since the 2008 crisis and lockout when farmers launched a 108-day protest over export duties.