The Secretary of Agriculture, Juan José Bahillo, affirmed that he is not going to renounce the chopping of beef and that “shouldering the half beef ends” in the country, beyond the fact that this week the repeal of the Resolution that established the retail marketing of beef in pieces under 32 kilos.
“We are working in the technical table with the provincial governments, understanding that we have to coordinate and generate common points and decisions, without losing sight of the fact that the division is coming,” Bahillo said this morning in statements to a radio station. At the same time, he maintained that chopping has not been renounced, a necessary measure “due to a matter of quality of life and health of the workers, since they cannot continue shuffling with half cattle on their shoulders.”
“It is necessary to put it back into analysis and move forward on whether there are mechanical means, what is the maximum limit that a worker can manipulate, the categories of mechanical means, but shouldering the half beef ends,” the official pointed out.
This week, after a meeting with the provinces within the framework of the Meat Technical Table, it was defined that Agriculture will repeal Resolution 22/2021, which was to come into force from next January 15.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation held a new meeting this Friday with the provinces within the framework of the Meat Technical Table, in which it was agreed to advance joint work to attend to the health of workers in the sector and the safety controls on meat products, in order to improve the activity before the repeal of the measure of chopping meat.
During the meeting, the chief of staff of the portfolio, Juan Manuel Fernández Arocena, highlighted “everyone’s agreement to advance improvements that put an end to the human hauling of half cattle, as a meeting point to advance over the different criteria between what Agriculture proposes, and what is requested from the provinces and cold rooms”.
In this sense, Bahillo elaborated: “What the provincial governments and the private sector are proposing is the chamber system, the chamber capacity and seasonality”, which “changes the logistics and gives them time to adapt these issues, but not to question the underlying measure,” he stated.
In the meantime, the official concluded, “the discussion is whether we continue to market beef as 150 years ago or we market beef as the sanitary and bromatological conditions and the health of the worker and the consumer demand.”
On the other hand, Bahillo referred to the ‘Impulso Tambero’ program, which was announced on Friday by the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, which will give monetary assistance to producers in a sector that “is in a critical period for three consecutive years of drought,” although “prospects are encouraging,” he said.