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Bahillo rejected the call for a field assembly and ratified measures to alleviate the drought

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The secretary referred to the call for an assembly for next February 28 made by the Argentine Agrarian Federation (FAA) which later added the adhesion of the Argentine Rural Society (SRA), Argentine Rural Confederations (CRA) and Coninagro. It will take place on the Buenos Aires – Rosario highway near the town of Villa Constitución.

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In a statement, CRA pointed out that “it is time to make real, concrete and useful decisions” against the “extreme damage from the drought,” instead of “patches, announcements, and red tape.” Faced with the claims, Bahillo considered that “dialogue is the way to resolve and improve this,” as “has been working.”

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“You cannot say that the State is not present and that it is not close; and that we are not taking care of ourselves and we are not working. Obviously the expectation must be put in a reasonable place because there is no State policy that replaces what is the normal cycle of rains,” said the official.

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After which, he added that the objective of his area is that “no producer falls and that each one continues sowing, working and investing”.

Agriculture ratified the measures taken

Within this framework, Bahillo stressed that “the measures aimed at producers that the Government has taken in recent months cannot be denied.”

“Besides the emergency measures that are triggered by the declarations of the provinces that contemplate funds and some tax benefits, We have launched a compensation program where almost 4,500 producers signed up and implied an investment of more than $3,600 million for those who have up to 100 hectares of corn and up to 400 of soybeans,” recalled the secretary, regarding the program that represents a contribution of $6,500 or $20,000 per hectare of soybeans or corn, respectively.

The official also highlighted the program Dairy Impulse “with contributions of up to $600,000 for four months for dairy farmers of up to 5,000 liters per day and an additional contribution for those of up to 1,500 liters”, which -he stated- implied “an investment of more than $8,150 million” and a registration of “almost 4,400 producers”.

He also made reference to Lanar compensation program that it provides compensation of $600 per head to small and medium-sized producers of shearable sheep and that it has “around 1600” registered; as well as programs aimed at the poultry and pig sector.

He also recalled last week’s announcement aimed at livestock producers with limitations in the availability of forage resources, for which a subsidy of 40% of the food necessary for fattening the animals in feedlot will be made available.


In any case, Bahillo expressed his understanding of the fact that there are “producers who come from three years of drought”, with a campaign where “the drought did not give them an opportunity in any of the crops” since, contrary to last year, “corn suffered but soybeans did quite well and we had a record wheat harvest.”

Finally, the head of Agriculture valued the “collaboration” of the community in the measures to prevent Avian Influenza.

“The most important concern we have is that it does not enter the productive circuits and poultry farms, beyond that there is no risk of contagion from the consumption of poultry meat or eggs.“Since, otherwise, some commercial destinations could be closed.”

Bahillo, along with Economy Minister Sergio Massa, announced yesterday the creation of a program to compensate producers who

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