According to the president, there is an “oligopoly” in the transformation of meat for sale to the public that affects its price throughout the country< /i>
< /p>In the Casa de Nariño, the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, delivers the balance of his first 100 days of Government. (Colprensa-Mariano Vimos)
From the Casa de Nariño, where he celebrated the first 100 days of his government, President Gustavo Petro referred to the price of meat in Colombia, one of the foods in the basic basket, assuring that it has increased due to an “oligopoly” that does not allow peasants to market their products. For this reason, he assured that it is important that municipal slaughterhouses return to all regions of the country.
“In the case of inflation, of Invima, Colombia cannot be left in the hands of a monopoly of beef refrigerators. That point has been reached because this Institute put an end to the figure of the municipal slaughterhouse, we have to turn back,” the president said at a press conference.
He insisted that the figure of the slaughterhouses would put an end to the monopolies that, according to him, affect the price of meat in all the territories of the country. “Today the internal price of meat has risen, not because it costs more, but because they have matched the international price of meat that they pay to the exporter of live cattle and the product of that is hunger in Colombia,” he said.< /p>
He explained that there is a “monopoly in the transformation of meat for sale to the public”. “It is speculation and it occurs because there is a monopoly, more precisely an oligopoly, in the transformation of cattle into meat for sale to the public and this will be eliminated if it is democratized.”
Y He then concluded by saying that: “Then INVIMA has to play the role of democratizing the economy and not concentrating the Colombian economy.”
Prices of agricultural inputs grew 29.4% September
The Rural Agricultural Planning Unit (UPRA) released the price index for agricultural inputs for September. In this it was reported that the increase in the cost of agricultural inputs in Colombia had already reached 29.4% until last September.
Although the figure is lower than that reported in the same period of 2021 (34.89%), is not yet reflected in the price of the products nor the cost of production.
According to the entity, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the volatility of the exchange rate and the lag in the increase in the price of inputs still have farmers, final consumers and, of course, the Government in check, which is looking for alternatives that offset the impact of prices.
In this regard, the manager of the Colombian Federation of Potato Producers (Fedepapa), Germán Palacio, commented that it is very It is unlikely that any implemented strategy can help support the rise in inputs.
He indicated that the increase in prices of fertilizers and other inputs used by the paper sector is between 25% and 30% and now it is much more expensive and difficult to produce profitably.
“Regarding the strategy announced by President Gustavo Petro to import fertilizers, I am skeptical, since the Minister of Agriculture of the Santos Government imported fertilizers and that practically did not have much impact because the imports are very small, between 30,000 and 40,000 tons and compared to the country's consumption, which is between 600,000 and 700,000 tons, it will not be enough,” Palacio told La República.
Subsidies for fertilizers
Given the emergencies generated by the rains and the consequences for both crops and rural mobility, which will end up increasing the price of food, already high due to inflation, it was known Two weeks after the “disaster” declaration included food security through subsidies that promote agricultural production.
Therefore, on November 1st, the president Gustavo Petro pointed out that a 100% subsidy will be installed on fertilizers used for food production in the country, including coffee. This is a medium-term measure that will seek to reduce the price of the family basket for next year.