Argentine farmers block beef supply

by Editor
Wednesday, April 09, 2008

As the current impasse between the Argentine Government and farmers continues, food supply has been cut off from the cities and exports of beef have largely ceased.

The three-week old farmer’s strike and blockage of rural produce has left severe shortages of many food items, including beef, in the big cities, causing sharp rises in prices. The Argentine government has reportedly suspended beef exports and ordered its abattoir inspectors to ensure that all beef produced and in stock is diverted onto the domestic market (World Beef Report, 2 April).

The farmers’ action was prompted by the government’s decision to lift taxes and tighten other restrictions on agricultural exports, in order to lower domestic food prices.

The absence of Argentine beef and tighter Brazil and Uruguay supplies is currently causing a surge of orders for Australian beef from the EU, Russia, the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia.