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Tortillerías are left out of the anti-inflation plan – El Sol de México

The tortilla factories of the colonies of Mexico were left out of the plan against inflation presented by the federal government on Wednesday, so the tortilla union does not rule out increases in the price of food and foresaw increases of up to 30 pesos per kilo in some localities. from the country.

The president of the National Tortilla Council, Homero López García, ruled out that there may be a brake on the rise in the price of this fundamental product in the diet of Mexicans.

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Lopez Garcia told The Sun of Mexico that the tortilla makers were not summoned by the federal government to participate in the plan against inflation presented at the National Palace.

He commented that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s plan was carried out with the support of entrepreneurs from self-service stores, so that price containment measures will not be reflected in the 130,000 tortilla shops in the country.

“This is the beginning of a very big support to the big flour companies and of a laceration to the industry. I don’t know what negotiations the President has with these companies, but today they leave the tortilla factories defenseless and, with it, the population,” he said.

Data from the Agricultural Markets Consulting Group (GCMA) indicate that 90 percent of tortilla sales in the country are made in these establishments, that is, only one in 10 kilos is sold in self-service stores.

The representative of the tortilla guild stressed that in some entities such as Sonora, the price of a kilo of tortilla is close to 30 pesos and that it continues to rise, due to the high costs of inputs such as corn, energy and spare parts.

He said that to avoid a rise in the price of food, it is first necessary to guarantee stability in the costs of inputs.

“We would have been in an opening to find the solution and we would have put our demands on the table, such as preventing gas, fuel, flour, corn from rising. We do not know what they would have answered us, ”he pointed out.

López García stressed that since its foundation, the National Tortilla Council has sought to shield the traditional business and, at the same time, stabilize the price of tortillas so that people can consume the product they need.

He pointed out that so far this administration the price of a kilo of this food has increased between five and seven pesos, an increase that had usually been registered in a whole six-year term. Now, this rise has occurred in barely half of the current administration of the four tea.

In this sense, the leader criticized that the plan against inflation has only considered the alliance with large companies.

The National Tortilla Council showed openness to dialogue and even recognized the intention of rapprochement by the Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier. But López García considered that in the current government only the President makes the decisions and the other officials lack this quality.

Regarding the measures announced by the government to contain inflation, the general director of the Agricultural Markets Consulting Group, Juan Carlos Anaya, acknowledged that there is tranquility in the productive chains of industrialists and distributors for not announcing a price cap.

He stressed that there was progress in the dialogue between the government and businessmen, but considered that it will be difficult to keep the prices of various products of the basic basket low, because they are tied to international prices. Such is the case of corn, which is at its highest historical levels and subject to great volatility due to the conflict in Ukraine.

He indicated that for the production and transportation of goods, companies depend on energy prices, and that although the government will provide support that will cost 380 billion pesos in the Federation’s income, there will continue to be an impact before the volatility of inputs.

The Ministry of Finance presented Wednesday the anti-inflation plan in conjunction with the private sector, with which they seek, among other measures, to increase the production of grains such as corn, beans and rice by up to 4.8 million tons, to curb the increase in prices. These are 15 actions that, in addition to the increase in grain production, include the freezing of highway tolls and the elimination of tariffs on the import of fertilizers, among others.

The initiative will be valid for six months with a review every 15 days and may be extended for a similar period.

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