A key week begins for the government and the countryside due to what may happen with the price of meat, which returned to the center of the scene after the escalation of the farm in recent days. The rise in the live kilo began to move to the butchers and gondolas, putting more pressure on inflation. But what added tension to the issue were the statements of the Secretary of Commerce Roberto Feletti who said that he evaluates a possible increase in withholdings.
The shipments of meat already pay 9% and Feletti’s words provoked the general rejection of producers and politics.
Last Friday in the Liniers market, the farm closed down after a higher entry of animals compared to Wednesday, which cushioned the jump in the values of the live kilo during the week. In any case, the rise so far in November is 18% in heifers and 17% in heifers, the two categories that are mostly destined for the local market.
And these increases have already begun to be transferred to the counters. According Leonardo Raphael, President of the Argentine Chamber of Slaughterers and Suppliers, the increase in the last days was between $ 100 and $ 200 per kilo, according to area and quality of merchandise. Due to seasonality and the increase in demand, barbecue is one of the cuts that increased the most.
And now the expectations are given in what will be the entrance of today in the traditional concentrator market. Last night at the close of this edition, up to 6,000 heads were estimated, 2,000 more than last Tuesday.
Today also ends the price freeze that the government agreed with supermarkets after the summit meeting between the ministers Martín Guzmán (Economy), Julián Domínguez (Agriculture) and Matías Kulfas (Production).
Feletti also spoke of a trust with the aim of decoupling local prices from international ones, which also provokes rejection by agricultural leaders who described the government’s intention to raise withholdings on meat as “very reckless” and threatens measures.
“We hope it doesn’t happen because they have to let us work. More withholdings is less production. The Government has to take note of the last election, of how the productive provinces expressed themselves. Clearly the message was: this is not the way, ”he stressed. Nicolas Pino, president of the Sociedad Rural Argentina. Pino said that they are in dialogue with the heads of the other entities to define the steps to follow. “No type of mobilization measure is ruled out for producers to express ourselves strongly,” he said.
Market interventionism and food price controls are measures that damage the economy by limiting growth. They should not exist as a public policy tool, “he added. And he described as “very reckless” the statement of the Secretary of Commerce.
Gabriel of Raedemaeker, Vice President of CRA specified that what is needed is to generate the mechanisms that promote production. “You don’t have to restrict production. But it is evident that in his capacity for analysis, interventionist of the economy, there is no possibility of this type ”, he argued.
Also in the Government a crack was opened by the subject of the meat by the way in which it looks for to lower the values. After Feletti’s statements, Domínguez said that the producer is not a price maker in Argentina, and that the Government is not there to cause weakness in the weakest sector of the chain, which is the producer. As Clarín was able to find out, there was tension in the meeting between the ministers last Thursday. And it turned out that the minister of the agricultural portfolio asked to take charge of the meat issue. Until last night he had not had an answer.