During the first working day of the largest field sample in Latin America, expoagro YPF Agro edition, the traditional ribbon cutting was carried out, with the participation of the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” De Pedro; the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Juan José Bahillo; and the Secretary of Industry and Productive Development , José De Mendiguren, among other national and provincial officials.
De Pedro highlighted the importance of the exhibition, analyzed the impact of the drought with producers and businessmen and assured that “there is a reality that is here to stay, which has to do with global warming, with dry cycles and excess water every time more frequent”.
Drought, tax pressure, export rights and restrictions applied to agricultural trade were some of the topics discussed throughout the day. Precisely, at a press conference organized by the four productive chains, which include the Argentine Maize and Sorghum Association (Maizar), the Argentine Soybean Chain Association (Acsoja), the Argentine Wheat Association (Argentrigo) and the Argentine Sunflower Association (Asagir), it was emphasized on more than one occasion that “the productive model that contemplates export rights is exhausted”.
This message was not only exposed as a description of reality in the face of an extremely critical scenario in which Argentina could lose when the campaign ends -depending on the forecasts- close to 50 million tons of grains, with a higher impact on the economy. to US$20,000 million.
The claim of the rural leadership, not only of the Liaison Table but of all the agricultural sectors, is directed at the political parties as a whole. Actually, for everyone who can rule the country in the coming years.
In this sense, Pedro Vigneau, from Maizar, specified that it is necessary move towards “a new pact” between agriculture and the entire political arc.
Facing what is to come and beyond the proposals on agricultural policy, the private sector, with its investments, its innovations and its productive potential, was once again present at this exhibition that will end on Friday.
But in San Nicolás, in addition to anger over the drought, there is also some hope. While it is true that there are thousands of producers who lost or will lose a large part of what was invested in the last agricultural campaign, it is also true that in a few weeks, when the wheat campaign begins, thousands more will be thinking about how to continue , how to finance themselves to face a new fine sowing.
It is that the field never slows down and each year renews the hope of a good harvest. That is also part of what was seen on the first day in San Nicolas, in a sample that will remain in the memory as one of the hottest since records have been kept.
The drought does not let up but, if the weather conditions prevail, the field in this sample has already confirmed that it will put all the necessary investment to start once again. The only variable that can complicate the plans is the lack of rain. Everyone (privates, officials and producers) will look at the climate models and hope that from now until the end of May it will rain to start a good new agricultural season. The immediate future and the spirit of the producers will depend on that, regardless of who governs the country.