The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Julián Domínguez, today warned the companies that are members of the Argentine Meat Exporters Consortium (ABC) that if “they do not comply with the commitments assumed” in the provision of meat for the Care Cuts program, they will not they will be able to continue with their exports.
This was what Domínguez stated to the members of the business chamber after a meeting they held today at the headquarters of the agricultural portfolio, following ABC’s unilateral decision to discontinue its participation in the program agreed with the government.
“I just finished the meeting with the ABC Consortium. I informed them that those who do not comply with the commitments made with the Argentines will not be able to continue exporting meat,” the national official said on his Twitter account.
In this regard, he added that he made this decision “in the context of the war that prompted global increases in food prices, a situation that adds to the crisis that our livestock is going through due to the drought, the fires in Corrientes and the missing 1.5 million head”.
The Ministry of Domestic Trade ordered ABC to maintain “adequate compliance with the supply” of the Cortes Care plan.
The summons came after the business entity announced to various supermarket chains an “imminent cessation” in the provision of the cuts that make up the program.
In a note signed by the Secretary of Commerce, Roberto Feletti, addressed to the president of ABC, Mario Ravettino, the official agency described the decision as “unilateral, untimely and unreasonable” and that “implies incurring in the conduct provided for in article 4 of the Supply Law, entailing a serious impact on the normal supply of the aforementioned cuts of meat in outlets for mass minority consumption”.
That is why they were instructed to “maintain adequate compliance with the supply of cuts of meat referred to the prices duly established under the penalty of applying the pertinent measures contemplated in said regulatory body.”
In the note, Comercio Interior also set a deadline of 48 hours for the slaughterhouses to submit a report on “the sales of the cuts of the Care Cuts program made by their associates to all the members involved in the program during the month of February.”
In February, the national government renewed the agreement with exporting refrigerators and large supermarket chains to sell 6,000 tons of seven cuts of beef per month throughout the country, at prices below market prices.
Said plan was established until the end of the year, with revisions throughout this period, the next of which would take place in April.
To date, the agreed prices were $699 for the roast strip; $749 empty; slaughter at $779; $449 skirt; roast lid at $639; buttock at $799 and palette at $649.