Other times, with the sugar factories in full swing. Today they don’t work because there is no cane to grind.
This Tuesday an indefinite strike by hauliers began because they demand that diesel prices be the same as those of the Federal Capital. And this protest is already creating problems for the sugarcane sector.
“Despite the measures taken by the sugar industry to approach the harvest with due foresight in terms of energy supply and inputs, the collection had to be stopped in Tucumán as a result of the carrier strike affecting the province “, they warned from the Argentine Sugar Center.
Tucumán is the main sugar cane producing province: About 280,000 hectares of cane are planted and it brings together 5,500 sugar cane producers. In addition, there are 14 mills. The business as a whole directly employs more than 60,000 workers and in particular in Tucumán there are about 45,000 (75%).
“The closure of the sugar refineries entails a considerable upheaval, especially in terms of economic damage, for what every start of sugar refineries implies, the breakdown of the collection-transport-grinding chain of the cane and the decrease in jobs and services included in it. “, they fired from the entity.
They also warned from the Sugar Center that there are production consequences because the harvest has a certain period in which it can be done and in which the cane provides a yield that allows to offset the costs. “After this period, production will undoubtedly suffer. likewise, the production and shipment of bioethanol destined for its mixture with petrol is hindered “, they observed.
Among the 14 mills that had to stop production, there are two that belong to Los Balcanes, one of the most important companies in the sector. In a statement, they said that their mills – Usina La Florida and Cruz Alta – are paralyzed from a lack of cane to grind due to the strike of the carriers that do not allow the trucks to reach the plants.
“A decision that jeopardizes the business that brings together more than 3,000 families directly in our companies,” he warned.
Freight carriers across the country are in a state of alert and mobilization and promise to make themselves heard until concrete measures are put in place to solve their problems. On Tuesday morning in Tucumán an indefinite total strike began to protest against the lack of diesel, promoted by the Association of Cargo Carriers of Tucumán (ATCT).
In turn, the National Union of Carriers and Allied Workers of the Argentine Republic (Untra) carried out roadblocks in Neuquén and Río Negro, and from tomorrow four national entities promise to generalize the protest and even take it to the city of Buenos Aires .