December 11, 2013
Says most duties on farm products should be scrappedMonday, September 9, 2013
BA City Mayor Mauricio Macri: ‘Preventing exports should be a crime’
Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri yesterday voiced his opposition to the government’s farm policies by claiming that “preventing exports should be a crime,” advocating that most export duties on farm products should be nixed, and revealing that the PRO was working on an agriculture bill.
The mayor spoke during a visit to the Río Cuarto rural exhibition in Córdoba, where he also expressed support for Héctor Baldassi, the PRO’s candidate for Congress who performed above expectations in the August primaries, coming in third place with 12.13 percent.
Macri called for the elimination of export duties on farm products with the exception of soybeans, which he said should be decreased gradually.
In 2008, the Kirchnerite administration increased duties on farm products, leading to nationwide strikes and a lockout by farmers who refused to sell their products.
“The farm sector must be allowed to export everything it can, because it is Argentina’s great engine and a permanent source of jobs,” the mayor said.
A dig at Córdoba Governor José Manuel de la Sota was also included: “Córdoba and Argentina must implement long-term policies that guarantee the predictability that farmers need,” Baldassi said.
The former soccer referee said the party was going to “continue working so that regional economies can grow and develop,” adding that “we are fully committed to the farm sector.”
“From Congress we are going to promote an agriculture law,” he said, praising Brazil’s “sustainable policies that centre on improving conditions for small and medium-sized farmers” as an example that Argentina should follow.
—Herald with DyN