ARGENTINA – The Argentine Rural Society (SRA), Confederations Rurales Argentinas (CRA) and CONINAGRO, Argentina’s major rural associations, aspire for significant policy shifts in agriculture following Javier Milei’s conservative victory on Nov. 19th.

Amidst Argentina’s status as a pivotal global agrifood exporter, the agricultural sector has long clamored for reduced taxes, fees, and trade limitations on the international stage.

The pronounced liberal ideologies of Milei, advocating minimal state intervention in the economy, have sparked optimism within the sector. The president-elect’s pledge to “eliminate” these fees kindles hope for substantial reform.

“We see a tremendous opportunity to collaborate and enact sweeping changes in current policies,” emphasizes the SRA, underscoring their commitment to address pervasive opportunities lacking for many Argentinians alongside the new leadership.

CONINAGRO, another influential agricultural association, welcomes this change, expressing hopes for a new era fostering prosperity for all citizens while extending congratulations to the president-elect.

Meanwhile, CRA urges collaboration between Milei and the new administration, urging tax deregulation to propel the sector forward.

In a parallel development, Argentina’s agricultural sector continues to witness growth and development.

Recently, Argentine citrus gained re-entry into the EU market after a hiatus spanning more than two decades due to trade restrictions.

Spearheaded by Argentina’s Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries and supported by certification obtained from the National Agri-Food Health Service (Senasa), this re-entry heralds significant economic potential.

Agriculture Minister Juan José Bahillo lauds this milestone, highlighting its role in fortifying the Argentine economy through foreign exchange, employment, and fostering regional development.

President of Senasa, Diana Guillén, underscores the achievement’s magnitude, noting the authorization granted by the EU for the importation of organic citrus. This reopening aligns with the current equivalence in place with the Community bloc.

Jose Carbonell, President of the Argentine Citrus Federation (Federcitrus), emphasizes this year’s production and its 10% decrease compared to last year, attributed mainly to weather conditions.

Carbonell reassures us about the absence of issues regarding fruit size but notes the campaign’s delayed start by a month.

Discussing agronomic management, Carbonell highlights growers’ commencement of the annual fertilization process and measures for fungus and insect control.

He accentuates the stringent standards in industrialized products, paralleling Argentine lemon with organic counterparts, emphasizing their minimal use of toxic insecticides and fungicides.

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