“Beyond the names, what is needed are politics,” he said. Ricardo Buryaile, Prime Minister of Agroindustry (2015-2017) of Mauricio Macri. And who held that position in the next two years, Luis Miguel Etchevehere (2017-2019) agreed that “the policy taken by the Executive is decisive with respect to the sector ”. This is how they thought about the designation of Julián Domínguez as the new Minister of Agriculture, who was sworn in this Monday in the framework of the changes in the Cabinet of the Government of Alberto Fernández.
Buryaile said that he knows Domínguez of the Chamber of Deputies and that his personal relationship with him “is good.” “I sent him a message and he was kind enough to answer me with a call, but I do not have to judge him as a person but by his actions, “said the legislator from Formosa, who in relation to his countryman Luis Basterra, considered that “In these last two years nothing has been done for the field.”
On that point, Etchevehere recalled: “Regardless of the people, the ministries depend on the political decision of the President. When I was a civil servant, Mauricio Macri He asked us to open markets, to export more and to make processes more transparent. He asked us to go out into the world to sell our products and to accompany the producers. Today I do not see that decision in the Executive ”.
Meat stocks and ministerial independence
Both former officials stressed the mistake made by the Alberto Fernández administration in imposing restrictions on meat exports to the world. “The Livestock Plan cannot have the letterhead of the Ministry of Production: the portfolio of Agriculture cannot be subordinate to other government agencies ”, Buryaile said, adding: “The Executive lives working for the situation: livestock cannot be projected ”.
In this regard, Etchevehere stressed that “Argentina still unable to recover the stock of 10 million head of cattle that were lost when meat exports were closed in 2006 ″. While Buryaile added that “in the 1970s, Argentina had 61 million heads and Brazil had 50. Today, the neighboring country has 200 million cattle while our country has 54 million.”
Meanwhile, Etchevehere explained that when he learned that Domínguez would return to the position, he recalled his management during 2009-2011, in full presidency of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
“He had the opportunity to carry out such an important portfolio for the country’s economy and at the time accompanied the policies of Guillermo Moreno, intervention of the markets, closure and quota of exports through the ROEs, that generated a lot of corruption and discretion ”, highlighted the former head of the Argentine Rural Society.
It is worth remembering that the Export Operations Registries (ROEs) were the permits granted by the Government to those who could sell abroad. “Over time, there was a very large reduction in the supply of meat to the consumer: by the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, when Domínguez was minister, the price of meat went up almost 300% in the gondolasEtchevehere stated.
Finally, he referred to other changes that occurred last week and highlighted the replacement of Felipe Sola in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, by the former Chief of Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero.
“Putting a limited person like Cafiero at the head of the Foreign Ministry, for the agro-industrial sector, which generates 70% of the foreign exchange that enters the country is perverse, because Argentina depends on the dollars that come in from abroad ”, he concluded.