The president, Alberto Fernández, and the vice president, Cristina Kirchner, returned yesterday to share a public act at the official start of the campaign for the legislative elections. It was due to an announcement of benefits for the agribusiness sector, in the midst of a strained relationship with the countryside.
“We do not all have to think the same,” Fernández admitted, for the first time alongside the former president since the reversal of the ruling party in the mandatory primaries on September 12 that consecrated candidates for the midterm elections to partially renew Congress on September 14. of November.
The bill to promote agribusiness “vindicates the culture of encounter and dialogue,” said the president.
The agroindustrial plan, a conciliatory gesture towards the agricultural employers, contemplates tax benefits to increase food exports by 7,000 million dollars, which this year are around 29,000 million.
According to the government, the initiative seeks to promote investment, add value to products, create jobs and increase exports from Argentina, one of the world’s largest food producers and exporters.
“We seek to consolidate ourselves on the world stage as leaders in the production of food of animal and vegetable origin for an increasingly demanding world,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Julián Domínguez.
Among other objectives, the project includes goals to reach 100,000 dollars in agri-food exports and 200 million tons of production of cereals, oilseeds and legumes by 2030, from a harvest of about 130 tons in the last agricultural season.
It also sets the goal of creating 700,000 direct and indirect jobs in the sector by 2030.
The project includes the granting of fiscal and tax benefits for agricultural producers and companies, incentives that will be greater according to the fulfillment of certain criteria related to increased production, employment, sales, exports and investments.
Domínguez specified that, among other fiscal incentives, a tax credit bond equivalent to 50% of the investment will be granted for projects that respect environmental and soil care practices.
On this point, President Fernández defended that the State grant tax benefits because “the stimuli are about the new that will be produced.”
“We are not stimulating what is already being done but what is going to be done and what is going to grow. And it is on this growing number that the stimuli will appear ”, he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the four largest agricultural employers indicated in a joint statement that the project presented contains “only promotion measures and incentives for certain activities that depend on many compliance and budget guidelines” that it is not established who will regulate them.
The entities demanded a law of content “much broader where the fiscal premises of reduction of export duties are clear” that weigh on agri-food products “until their elimination”.
Rural employers and the government have maintained serious differences in recent months, among other issues, due to restrictions on beef exports.