Mexican countryside expects greater labor pressure with political change in the US

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By CAPosts 26 November, 2020 - 08:26pm 29 views

EFE .- The Mexican countryside expects greater pressure on the labor issue with the change of government in the United States, assured this Thursday the president of the National Agricultural Council (CNA), Bosco de la Vega.

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“What can we expect with the change of government in the United States? Greater pressure on the labor issue and before this we are working on training and prevention issues, ”said the manager during a remote conference at the Global Agrifood Forum of Mexico 2020.

He added that among other issues, the sector promotes decent and good work paid and that, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, "we need to protect our workers in health and income, as a way to strengthen the internal market."

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Labor regulations and the threat of seasonality continue to be two of the main concerns of the Mexican countryside in the new Agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC) that entered into force on July 1. T-MEC establishes strict labor regulations for the sector, especially because it contemplates trade sanctions coupled with child and forced labor .

In its conference, “The growing challenges of The Mexican agri-food sector ”, De la Vega said that one of those challenges“ is the threat of implementing a seasonality scheme ”in certain products.

To do this, they have held talks with their private allies in the US and Canada and have worked as a team with the Mexican Government.

He pointed out as a "big problem" the high concentration of the market with the United States, which "is a strength" and at the same time "a weakness."

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He said that, of the current Mexican agri-food exports, 71.5% go to the US and only 3.8% to Canada.

“If we compare how the US is with the world, so that it reaches 75% (the commercial exchange) would be to add the first 18 countries and not trade more than 15% with a single country, so Mexico has to diversify its markets ”, he pointed out.

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budget On the budget for the field of the Mexican Government, the manager recalled that in the last three years has gone down.

In 2018 the budget was about 74,000 million pesos, in 2019 it fell to 49,000 million pesos and in 2020 it will have a similar amount.

“How is it possible that the only sector of the economy that is growing are lowering the budget every year? " He questioned, adding that he would like to see a turning point in 2021 “with a better budget that serves all the Mexican countryside.”

On Covid-19, De la Vega celebrated that “until today there has been no lack of food at the tables of Mexicans ”thanks to the work of producers, farmers and day laborers.

In addition, he said that despite the pandemic, the Mexican agri-food sector expects to close the year with around 40,000 million dollars,“ a great achievement and a great challenge for Mexico. ”

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The Global Agrifood Forum of Mexico, the most important in the country, started on Wednesday with the signing of a new agreement between the National Agrifood Council (CNA) and the Government to improve food safety and phytosanitary protection.

At the inauguration, the head of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Víctor Villalobos, assured that the agri-food sector "will be key to economic recovery and global stability in this stage of health emergency and post-pandemic, since the sector is responsible for a third of the world's gross domestic product. ”

This Thursday, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) reported that the domestic product Mexico's gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded 12.1% in the third quarter compared to the previous three months thanks to the country's social and economic reactivation, according to definitive figures released by the agency.

Source: MSN