The president of the Argentine Wine Corporation (Coviar), José Zuccardi, He began his speech at the traditional breakfast that takes place in Mendoza, with a balance of what has been done within the framework of the Strategic Wine Plan to 2030. At the same time, took the opportunity to request the elimination of withholdings and an exclusive exchange rate to promote the growth of viticulture. Despite this, the Minister of Agriculture of the Nation, Julián Domínguez, marked the field and stated that the conditions are not met to move forward with that change. Although he stated: “We are going to work together with the provinces of Mendoza and San Juan. The great challenge is to protect the producers.”
The Coviar leader’s claim comes after Domínguez pointed out that the withholdings under study will continue, but that he denied their elimination for this year, in the midst of a complex international scenario, and the need for foreign currency that the National State has to comply with the commitments assumed with the IMF.
At the beginning of his speech, the businessman stressed that, “The implementation of the Strategic Wine Plan to 2030 is a reality and with it the Argentine viticulture consolidates and extends a process of social innovation and strategic planning unprecedented that began with the 21st century and had a legitimacy milestone with the unanimous approval of National Law 25,849 in 2004″.
Then he outlined the main points of the plan, and pointed out that “greater competitiveness is required to export”. “Around 50% of the grapes we produce are destined for international markets in the form of wine, concentrated juice, raisins and table grapes. You have to be competitive. The increases in refunds and the elimination of export duties for wine SMEs help us, but it is not enough. It is urgent to extend the elimination of retentions to the entire production chain. As a regional economy, we generate work and added value, we have territorial distribution and we are a country brand. For all this, we must have a differential treatment in terms of export duties”, he considered.
Likewise, he requested, an exchange rate for exporters that accompanies the macroeconomic fluctuations of the peso is essential if we want to continue with the achieved growth trend of our exports. “We took an important step with the implementation of the ‘Plan 1,000’ prepared with the Ministry of Productive Development to reach one billion dollars of exported bottled wines. And we are close to achieving it,” he said.
However, Domínguez, who spoke later, reiterated that the conditions are not in place to advance with this modification, but he promised support to the producers from credits and incentives. “I knew they were going to ask me about that,” he assured, before reiterating that the Argentine economy is going through difficult negotiations to pay its foreign debt and denying the request.
“We are going to work together with the provinces of Mendoza and San Juan. The great challenge is to protect the producers, without a doubt, public policy is sitting there”, he stressed.
Source: The Andes