The Argentine Rural Confederations (CRA), one of the country's main agricultural entities, published a harsh statement on Saturday to summarize the balance of the four years of Alberto Fernández's presidency and concluded that "the result could not be more disappointing."
"Today Fernández shows himself alone on the boat and in that overwhelming solitude, he goes through the media exhibiting comments and reflections of a sad ending, randomly assigning misfortunes and making his own inefficiency fall on the pandemic, war and drought," the text began.
CRA did not hesitate to say that the president who ends his term to make way for Javier Milei's "seems to underestimate the society that witnessed how other countries suffered the same evils and none had or has, as we have, the chaos of all economic variables"
The entity that makes up the Liaison Table did not ignore in the result of the management "the participation of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in this Government that surrounds her and questions her as a necessary participant in the decadence and ruin to which we have reached".
And he also mentioned Sergio Massa, "who in little more than a year as Minister of Economy, showed the worst indicators in many years and ended up, moved by his lust for power, raffling off several points of the GDP to support his presidential candidacy."
In the balance sheet of the Kirchner administration, the CRA listed a series of deficiencies detected over the last four years: "Growing poverty, insecurity, economic crisis, educational decadence, lack of defense and respect for property, institutional degradation, impunity, corruption, abuses of justice, absence of federalism, truncated promises, stories, slippery morals, trampled values."
After this long list, he concluded that "Argentine society, once again, will bear the consequences of the irresponsible mismanagement of those who govern us," and expressed his intention to "expose what these four eternal years meant for the sector."
"The importance of regional economies was forgotten, livestock farming limited and intervened, agriculture plundered by retentions; and all subject to the whim of different artificial and fictitious exchange rates," the statement said.
Finally, before assuring that "it is time to look forward" and that history once again offers an opportunity, the statement concludes that Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner will leave "an administration that will only occupy a small place in the history of our country."
The statement highlights that livestock farming was "limited and intervened" in the last four years.
The CRA's statement was published three days after a very risqué confrontation with Fernando Vilella, future secretary of Bioeconomy in the government of Javier Milei, who accused the associates of that entity of "selling in the black."
The controversy had arisen from a text published on Tuesday by CRA, entitled "The ethical commitment to elect the best," in which the entity launched a criticism of the officials who are rumored to be part of the libertarian's cabinet in matters of agriculture. There he spoke of those who are "non-compliant" and then "try to recycle themselves in public service."
When consulted, and far from any kind of conciliation, Vilella replied: "I agree with what CRA says, we have to be honest. I thought, and I'm sure they were talking about them, for their producers who sell in the black. That's where I made a mistake," he said.