As the president-elect of Argentina, Javier Milei has highlighted the importance of the countryside in the country and his intentions to prioritize the agricultural sector during his administration. One of his key commitments is to remove withholdings, which was a unanimous request from producers. Currently, soybeans are taxed at 33%, cereals at 12%, and meat at 9%. The goal is to eliminate these taxes as well as all interventions in the market.
Milei has set a goal to reduce the size of the State and eliminate taxes. He has appointed Diana Mondino to handle foreign policy and Fernando Vilella to manage the policies of the agricultural sector. The selection of Vilella, a well-respected academic and dean of UBA, reflects Milei’s commitment to implementing necessary changes in the agricultural field.
Vilella presented a paper outlining the main policies needed for agriculture to grow and be sustainable, including generating qualified human resources, increasing investment in science and technology, improving environmental care and sustainability, and eliminating exchange gaps and withholdings. The Argentine Rural Society (SRA) expressed support for Milei and pledged to work together with him to address issues facing rural communities in Argentina. Other rural organizations such as CRA also congratulated Milei on his election victory and expressed their hope for positive changes in agricultural policies under his leadership.