The Minister of Productive Development, Matias Kulfasaffirmed this Sunday that next Thursday a new stage of the Care Prices programbut clarified that fruits and vegetables will not be included in the list of products.
Speaking to Radio 10, the minister explained that “we are not going to include fruits and vegetables within the Care Prices program due to the fact that the production of fresh products has other characteristics”.
Kulfas explained that “what has grown the most in price are fresh products, while the gondola product grew below average inflation. Fresh products have to do with logistics and maintenance costs because many depend on the chain of cold and production that is atomized in small producers and there are no big players. This requires special attention and analysis where we must address the problem of larger-scale production, but for now, we are not going to include them in the production program. Prices Care”.
In relation to the level of activity, Kulfas emphasized that “what we are experiencing today is an economy in a clear process of growth and rise in employment“, while noting that “this meant a reduction in unemployment.”
Kulfas said that “we are experiencing a shock at the international level that many seem to ignore. All economies are undergoing a process of acceleration of inflation where the main countries of the world went from an annual inflation of 2 or 3 percent to 7, 8 or 9%. We’re fighting it.”
Later, the minister maintained that “We are seeing that investment is very solid and industry, commerce and tourism have recovered. Wages are growing but inflation is eating up the recovery and we are working on that. We are going to sit down to negotiate, this week, with trade unionists and businessmen so that wages do not lose against inflation.”
Kulfas stressed that “poverty is going to continue to decline and now it’s time to improve income distribution in two ways, lowering inflation and creating employment. You have to be careful with growth because you can grow for a year or two, but by spending dollars but that is a shortcut that later ends in devaluations or taking on debt”.
Finally, in relation to the energy problem, the minister pointed out that “Vaca Muerta is at a production record but there is no possibility of channeling the gas due to lack of pipelines, but we hope that in a year and a half the gas pipeline will be ready.”
“We are analyzing how much gas we are going to have so that there are no shortages in the winter -said the minister-. We pay 3.50 dollars, the million BTU to local producers and the gas that comes by ship is paid up to almost 50 dollars million BTUs.