After three months of silence, liaison table reiterates demand for extension of rule increasing credit costs for producers

The liaison table has once again requested a hearing from the president of the Central Bank (BCRA) to discuss the rise in credit costs to producers and the risks posed by food imports to producers. This request was made after a meeting with rural entity presidents who reiterated their demand for a meeting with Santiago Bausili, expressing dissatisfaction with the lack of response to their previous requests made three months ago, particularly regarding extensions of rules affecting wheat and soybean producers.

The ruralists also raised concerns about the potential negative impact of food imports on local producers if equal conditions were not maintained. Additionally, they pointed out the detrimental effects of excessive tax increases and new fees imposed in various districts across the country, which contribute significantly to the already high tax burden faced by producers, adding to their production costs. They urged national, provincial, and municipal legislators to reconsider these tax policies and prioritize measures that support production and economic growth.

The liaison table emphasized the urgent need for fiscal measures to alleviate financial strain on producers and promote a more favorable environment for agricultural activities. Moreover, they expressed concern over the high cost of foot and mouth disease vaccines at the beginning of the vaccination campaign. They indicated that this issue would be examined in collaboration with relevant organizations to determine specific details influencing vaccine costs. The liaison table announced a consultation period within their entities to gather feedback on vaccine costs, stressing its importance in safeguarding livestock health and supporting agriculture.

In conclusion, rural entity presidents have highlighted several issues that affect agriculture’s sustainability in Chile. These include rising credit costs, food imports’ risks, excessive tax increases, new fees imposed across districts, foot-and-mouth disease vaccines’ high cost at the start of a vaccination campaign, among others. To address these challenges effectively, government officials must work together with stakeholders in agriculture to find practical solutions that promote production while reducing financial burdens on farmers.

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