March 11, 2014
Liaison Board's protest announcement 'political'
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich responded to the protest announcements made by the Liaison Board early in the week saying the sector’s position may involve “political motivations” since the Kirchnerite administration is “working on a common agenda” to address farming development challenges.
In his daily brief to the press, Capitanich accused the agricultural groups of demanding the government to allow the export of wheat. “We have done so and they complaint,” the head of ministers affirmed also stressing the progress of the faming sector over the past decade, accounting for “20 million hectares” in the 90’s and "32 million" now.
The anti-government Liaison Board –that staged a 108-day protest over export duties back in 2008 becoming a fierce enemy of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration-, has announced a protest to take place in the city of Gualeguaychú in Entre Ríos. “Every once in a while certain institutions set strategies that have to do with pompous statements over the government’s public policies,” the cabinet chief warned.
Back on Monday, the government authorized 500,000 tons of wheat exports with the potential to increase the limit up to 1.5 million — half of what was allowed in 2013.
The precautionary measure — with the amount allowed set for monthly review — comes after a negative experience last year, when a poor harvest affected domestic supply, leading bread prices to soar.
While they remain projections that may be adjusted, wheat export levels have not been this low since 1978, when 1.44 million tons of the crop were loaded onto ships heading abroad.