In the midst of a significant increase in rural crime in the main productive areas of the country, we are working intensely during these hours to determine in Río Cuarto, Córdoba, whether or not the fire that was generated today in the camp of the Society’s president was intentional or not Rural of said city, David Tonelo. The property is located on Route 11, between the Charras and Olaeta districts.
In dialogue with Infobae, the producer and leader confirmed that the fire reached a total of 100 hectares, which had been harvested with soybeans and corn, and also 100 rolls of grass.
“The fire started in the area of the route and due to the strong wind that was in the area, the fire moved to the field. I do not rule out that the fact was intentional if one observes what is happening in our province and in other productive regions with various attacks on private property, ”said Tonelo, who confirmed that he made the corresponding complaint.
Yesterday, Tonelo, together with the members of the Rural Society of Vicuña Mackenna, and the Achira Transporters Association, presented an appeal for protection before the federal justice, to request the unconstitutionality of a decree signed by the governor of San Luis, Alberto Rodríguez Saá, which limits interprovincial transit and hinders the agricultural tasks that Cordoba producers carry out in the province of Puntana, in the midst of quarantine to prevent the coronavirus.
It must be remembered that long ago, in the same province, but in the Oliva district, the vice president of Argentine Rural Confederations (CRA), Gabriel from Raedemaeker, reported that he suffered an intentional fire in his field. The fire originated 30 meters inside a batch of corn and burned 5 hectares of wheat and 30 hectares of corn. Justice continues investigating, so far unable to arrest those responsible.
To all this is added the enormous amount of silobag breakage events in recent times. Yesterday, the Economic Director of CRA, Matías Lestani, detailed that the entity has accounted for, since last December and to date, 57 broken silobags, which can store up to 200 tons of soybeans, corn and wheat, among other grains.
The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, Luis Basterra, referred to the increase in rural crime in recent weeks. The official participated today in the inauguration of the Maizar 2020 Congress, which was carried out virtually, and brought together the corn and sorghum chain.
“We are concerned and occupied by the acts of vandalism that are being seen in the Argentine countryside. We do not want this to end up destroying the efforts of our producers, limiting access to food for our population and preventing foreign currency from entering our economy, ”said Basterra.
And he added: “We say it very firmly: we are doing an organized task against crime. They will always find us there. ”
The acts of vandalism and sabotage in private fields, with the theft of cattle, cattle rustling and the breaking of silobags, have taken public status and generated not only the repudiation and concern of the agro-industrial sector and sectors of the opposition, but also of the citizenry which is not necessarily linked to the activity.
So, Gaston Marra, an employee from the Buenos Aires town of Pehuajó,promoted a request that already has 18,500 signatures through the platform change.org, so that the national government and the provincial states repudiate vandalism on rural private property and that they take measures to combat the problem.
“We ask that the Ministry of Agriculture and also the Ministry of Security disclose a clear policy that helps the judiciary to investigate and find those responsible for this systematic violation of private property,” said Marra, and added that “the government has to take concrete measures to begin to clarify these acts of sabotage and vandalism, implement preventive measures and transmit the political message that these crimes must end because they end up hurting all of us Argentines.”