While in various parts of the country piqueteros organizations protested against companies in the food sector and supermarkets, the Secretary of Internal Trade, Roberto Feletti yesterday questioned Changomás –which belongs to the De Narváez Group– for non-compliance and returned to focus on the official intention of decoupling commodity prices from securities in the domestic market.
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As Feletti had indicated last Wednesday, while Supermarket chains such as Carrefour, Cencosud (Jumbo, Disco and Vea), Coto and Día fulfilled in more than 90% with the offer of the products reached by Precious Care +, Changomás did so only 62% in its stores in the province of Buenos Aires and 77.5% in CABA.
THE NATION He tried to contact Grupo De Narváez to give his version, but received no response.
In addition, Feletti brought back to the table something that the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán, already spoke about: decoupling domestic prices from international ones. In this sense, the official said that decisions must be made to effectively and concretely unlink those two prices. “We attack inflation in the domestic market, if you want to call it monopoly or rebranding inflation; but we must also attack what is imported or international inflation, “he said.
According to Feletti, imported inflation affects fresh, pigs and chickens. “It affects wheat, corn and meat, it is essential. It is a task that will have to be done, because the harvest projections for wheat and corn are very good, so there will be plenty, but we also know that international prices will rise very strongly. That is going to be another strong discussion, “said the official yesterday.
Regarding the operation of the freezing program, Feletti expressed that “it is being implemented well” and that “no complaints of shortages have been received in any case”.
What’s more, The Secretary of Internal Trade said that there would be no technical reason for the shortage, because “most of the plants are working with idle capacity and it does not reach 65%”. He also indicated that a “survey” was carried out on the packaging chain, which in many cases makes up 8% to 20% of the value of the product.
For his part, the Secretary of Internal Trade said that, de according to the pollsters themselves surveyed by supermarkets, it was possible to stop “the escalation” in prices detected in the first half of October that affected cans of preserves, personal hygiene products, coffee and butter, and that implied increases of between “8% and 25%”.
Feletti ruled out for the moment an extension of the basket, since he prefers to consolidate the current one, which seems quite broad, diversified and widely accessible.
Protests against private
Meanwhile, under the slogan “With hunger and need there is no speculation”, Social organizations aligned with the Government protested yesterday at noon in front of the headquarters of large food-producing companies in various parts of the country.
The main mobilizations were next to the Don Vicente noodle factory, in Mar del Plata; at the Molinos Río de La Plata plant, in San Fernando, and at the Coto supermarket in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Pompeya. In addition, the demonstrations were combined with fairs and “verdurazos”.
The objective of the protest was to defend the price freeze imposed by the ruling party and demand “decent food” for families., as indicated by the convening groups in a statement released the day before yesterday.
“As soon as we arrived we saw that there were a lot of police, perhaps thinking that we wanted to enter”, pointed to THE NATION the coordinator of the Popular Front Darío Santillán (FPDS), Dina Sánchez, who participated in the rally in front of the Coto de Pompeya, in the south of the city of Buenos Aires. “We have put up gazebos to show the products that we make from the Me.Co.Po marketer,” he said, referring to the fruit and vegetable sales network linked to the Union of Workers of the Popular Economy (UTEP).
In this sense, Sánchez stated: “Beyond price control, we must target another economy, another way of producing and consuming. Here the popular economy has many proposals ”. And he specified that, although they decided not to enter the supermarket, the intention, in the future, is “to set up commissions to verify that prices are really being respected and that there are products on the shelves.”
Despite the fact that the measure was not organically called by the UTEP, Several groups aligned with the ruling party took part in the protests yesterday. In addition to the FPDS, the Excluded Workers Movement (MTE) was present, headed by the leader Juan Grabois.