February 03, 2022
”Now we have to have a common look and take the past as learning so as not to do what we already did”
The need for a new agreement to renegotiate the debt with the IMF highlights the recurrence of Argentina to repeat historical problems as if it were a kind of 'loop' that is not free at all. On the contrary, it is paid for with more poverty and with more fiscal pressure on the sectors of the economy that continue to function, as is the case of agriculture.

The agricultural businessman Gustavo Grobocopatel evaluated that this new agreement with the Monetary Fund does not solve anything but is simply the condition to start with a series of reforms "that prevent us from continuing to have poverty", and allow us to begin a path towards development, the generation of work and, ultimately, the social inclusion that is so widely proclaimed.

For that, Grobocopatel considered in dialogue with Bichos de Campo, "a conversation" is needed, which leads to a social agreement on how to get out of this crisis that has lasted so many decades.

“Without a doubt we are involuting, in many ways and for different reasons. We have to make a change, we have to have a common look and take the past as learning to stop doing what we already did," added Grobo.

In this sense, the businessman indicated that a series of reforms is necessary "to enter the 21st century, going from the reform of the State, of the quality of the state that we want, the tax part that is linked to the State, pension reforms, of work, of education.

In Grobocopatel's opinion, it is necessary to decide "from where we are going to insert ourselves in the world" and "there is a lack of agreement on the big issues and on how we are going to execute them".

"As that conversation is delayed we fall more and it is harder and harder," he warned.

-What does agriculture have to contribute to this discussion?

-Very much, because it is a sector that has made a path in that direction, and has to contribute that it is active, dynamic, integrated into the world, from its vitality and from the example and from generosity that implies that one cannot be free and happy if lives in a society that is not.

In this sense, Gustavo considered that it is necessary to put aside the position of victim that is often assumed by members of the agricultural sector -rightly so in many cases- to put together "projects, developments that imply progress and inclusion".

“For that, an effort will have to be made. Until now it had to do with paying taxes and others, but the field from that entrepreneurial vocation must develop projects that include the largest number of people, "recommended the businessman.

-There is news these days that says that 1 out of every 7 dollars that entered the country has to do with the agricultural sector. That's a bit sad isn't it? Doesn't that mean a certain reprimarization of the economy?

-It also makes me sad because it means that the other activities did not work. This is because agriculture is the only sector that is still standing while the rest is disarming.

Grobo believes that a dichotomy continues between the countryside and industry that is backward and has been overcome in the rest of the planet: “No one sees the world anymore as segmented between agriculture and industry, but rather as productive ecosystems. This idea of ​​the ecosystem makes it possible to disarm this segmentation that was so detrimental to our country.”

The businessman, despite all the problems that the economy has and that have a full impact on social conflict, does not lose hope: "I am optimistic because I trust Argentine talent and that is a base, we also have natural resources and we have something to contribute to the world. There are plenty of reasons and reasons to be optimistic and not lose hope” →

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