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Massa lures farmers on export duties

The farming sector would benefit under a potential Sergio Massa presidency with reduced export duties and the elimination of the Export Operations Registry (ROE), the leader of the Renewal Front bloc claimed yesterday, speaking to sector leaders during a visit to the 2014 Palermo Exhibition where he also met with Rural Society president Luis Miguel Etchevehere.

His comments come after another opposition leader vying for the presidency, Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri, said “export duties should be completely eliminated.”

“There are 507 days before Argentina changes completely,” Massa claimed yesterday, declaring himself in favour of “firmly” denouncing tax pressure and inflation as “damaging to regional economies and industry.”

He said that if he were to reach the presidency, he would “eliminate the ROE, lower export duties and look at the issue of tax, especially at the significant imbalances that exist on a regional level.”

Massa’s warming up to the farming sector comes after years of tension with the Fernández de Kirchner government. The former Tigre mayor became Cabinet chief in the CFK government just five days after the end of a 129-day stand off between the sector and the government over the latter’s move to increase export duties on soy and sunflower. His appointment was seen as an attempt to calm the rough political sea surrounding the president’s first term, during one of its most dramatic moments.

Massa yesterday said he saw the state as becoming more of a “tractor” for farmers and not a “policeman,” and said that government should stop being a “sleeping partner of the agriculture sector, beyond whatever challenges presented to it by international prices.”

To some extent, his comments echoed Macri’s statements during the opening of the Palermo event last week, when he said “export duties should be completely eliminated” to nurture development in the farming sector, which would “mean the creation of thousands of jobs.”

— Herald with DyN, Télam

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