The agricultural sector hopes that the new secretary will have the political support to provide solutions and incentives to the sector

The departure of the agricultural engineer Fernando Vilella of the position of Secretary of Bioeconomy of the Nation was seen coming and it was a rumor that had been circulating for many days. The participation of Sergio Iraeta the new secretary of the portfolio at the meeting held by the Minister of Economy, Luis Caputo, on July 4, with the top executives of the Argentine Rural Society was an early indication of his appointment, something that was not surprising since, since February, when he entered the Secretariat, he had monopolized power by orders of the national government.

Minister Luis Caputo and Sergio Iraeta received the authorities of the Argentine Rural Society last week.

Iraeta is a lawyer and agricultural producer. He is a trusted man with family ties to Juan Pazo, the Secretary of Production, and served as Undersecretary of Agricultural and Forestry Production in the Secretariat of Bioeconomy, which, from now on, will be called the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries again of the Nation. The president of the Rural Society, Nicolás Pino, had been saying for some time, even to Vilella himself, that the term Bioeconomy was not well understood and that he himself did not know how to explain what it was.

According to reports, Vilella, who was on an official tour in Asia, resigned. The reason is said to be differences in the position regarding the withholdings on agricultural exports and the change of name arranged for the portfolio, but off-air it is confirmed that the official was fired.

Official statement on the resignation of Eng. Fernando Vilellla.

The news did not come as a surprise in the rural area. “As an entity, we hope that the Secretariat is finally put into operation because, beyond the proper name, for us the important thing is the tool, since it is fundamental that the sector begins to see clear signs and measures that favor producers especially those of a smaller scale, which are awaiting solutions, in some cases urgently, and in others, which have been postponed for years,” said the president of Argentine Agrarian Federation Elvio Guía, on the replacement of Vilella by Iraeta.

Elvio Guía, president of the Argentine Agrarian Federation.

For the federations, the change of officials implies restarting dialogues with the new actors who take over and more time to find the necessary solutions. On the other hand, they pointed out: “Perhaps Sergio Iraeta can give us answers and manage to count on more support in the Ministry on which he depends. It is clear that the replacement does not solve the problems we have, but We hope that the new secretary will have the necessary political support. to find the solutions long awaited”.

Prior to the signing of the May Pact, FAA had indicated that its representatives wanted to be part of the country’s strategic development. “We have the workforce and the power to do it, if the officials listen to us, pay attention to our realities and give us the opportunity,” they said.

“We hope that the new secretary will perform very well and we regret the resignation of Fernando Vilella, who has been an excellent person,” said Carlos Castagnani, president of Argentine Rural Confederations (CRA). “We respect the Government’s decision, we have the best opinions of Vilella as a person and we wish the new secretary success,” he added. It should be noted that Iraeta has fields in the Lobería area in the province of Buenos Aires, and has contacts with the entity.

Carlos Castagnani, president of the Argentine Rural Confederations.

For his part, the president of Coninagro the entity that groups the agro-industrial cooperatives, Elbio Laucirica, said: “Given that the person who replaces him is someone who was already participating in the Secretariat, we hope that continue policies such as liberalization and deregulation of the economy and opening of markets“.

Elbio Laucirica, president of Coninagro.

Laucirica also demanded that, during Iraeta’s administration, “the policies of incentives for production and agroindustry be continued, where cooperatives have a large participation, mobilizing local economies, generating the foreign currency that the country needs and more genuine jobs.” In addition, he asked that there be “policies and incentives not only for the productions of the Pampas, but also for the regional economies.”

By Editor