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Vidal to farmers: “You won’t walk this path alone”

The ongoing drought across Argentina’s agricultural heartland, the Pampa, could slash one percentage point off Gross Domestic Product growth in 2018, economists warn.

Tuesday 13 March, 2018
Buenos Aires province Governor María Eugenia Vidal meets with residents during a round of door-knocking.
Buenos Aires province Governor María Eugenia Vidal meets with residents during a round of door-knocking. Foto:Télam

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Buenos Aires province Governor María Eugenia Vidal says her government will support farmers through one of the driest summers on record.

“You won’t walk this path alone”, she said during a speech at the Expoagro in San Nicolás. President Mauricio Macri is also expected to speak at the Expo this morning, where he will announce a credit package.

“Just like we supported you during the floods, today we know you’re suffering a drought. We know about the losses it has caused and that’s why we want to tell you that we’re going to continue supporting you”, Vidal asserted.

“If the rural sector grows, the country grows”, she added.  

The ongoing drought across Argentina’s agricultural heartland, the Pampa, could slash one percentage point off Gross Domestic Product growth in 2018, economists warn.

One hundred and seven of the 135 municipalities that compose Buenos Aires province engage in agricultural activity.

Vidal said the rural sector was synonymous “with work for thousands of Argentines”.

She also celebrated her government’s early support of the rural sector, emphasising tax benefits and credits.

“They tried to tell us the path forward was easy and magic but we know that the path of hard work is here to stay”, she said, taking aim at the previous Kirchner administrations.

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