Gustavo Petro talks about Fedegán’s contribution to agrarian reform: “The one from the furthest behind ideologically dared to take a step”

On October 8, the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, and the President of Fedegán, José Félix Lafaurie, signed an agreement for the purchase of three million hectares of land by the State from ranchers.  PHOTO: Colombian Presidency
On October 8, the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, and the President of Fedegán, José Félix Lafaurie, signed an agreement for the purchase of three million hectares of land by the State from ranchers. PHOTO: Colombian Presidency

Regarding the sixth anniversary of the signing of the peace accords between the FARC guerrillas and the Government of Colombia, which took place this Wednesday, November 23, President Gustavo Petro referred to the contribution of the Colombian Federation of Cattlemen (Fedegán ) to compliance with the first point: comprehensive agrarian reform. However, he used some particular words for it.

It should be remembered that on October 8, in an unprecedented event, the ranchers’ union —headed by José Félix Lafaurie— and the Petro government closed an agreement to buy three million hectares of fertile land that can be assigned to peasant farmers who are victims of violence. The president said that this is a more honest effort than what, according to him, some congressmen from the government of Iván Duque tried to make:

“Title the Amazon jungle. The indigenous reserves made them equate as 1. that it was part of the agrarian reform in Colombia, when it cannot be produced there; and 2. saying that the indigenous people were landowners because they had tens of millions of hectares, when all they were doing was fulfilling a service to humanity by caring for the Amazon jungle, without that in itself representing any type of income”, mentioned the President.

Petro assured that making this purchase is expensive —between 30 and 60 billion pesos, which in dollars would be between 6,000 and 8,000— and that in the past six governments the necessary budget has not been set aside to carry it out. Although he mentioned that the National Land Agency (ANT) will have a budget increase of 261%, “the starting point is nothing. We don’t have the 6 billion dollars, we don’t have the 8 billion dollars.”

At this point, the president launched a taunt at his finance minister, José Antonio Ocampo, for his reluctance to carry out this purchase with TES bonds. “When I spoke about this issue, I was told ‘no, but it breaks the fiscal framework.’ So, if they are going to put a restrictive fiscal framework so as not to comply with the peace agreement, why don’t they say up front that they do not want to comply with the peace agreement?” said the president.

“We were already told that if I wanted to buy these lands with public debt titles, which is what everyone has done to carry out their own agrarian reforms, then the title market would collapse and I was going to condemn the country to economic collapse. In other words, what they are still telling us today is that they do not want to comply with the peace agreement, they do not want to carry out this agrarian reform,” the president suggested.

Immediately afterwards, he referred to Fedegan as one of the unions of the right who took the first step towards the fulfillment of this reform. “Andi was not the one who said it, it was not the industrialists, it was not the most innovative business community in the country. He was the furthest behind ideologically the one who dared to take a step”, maintained the president, who described this fact as paradoxical, since he considers that the industrialists would be more interested in a reform than the landowners.

Although Lafaurie has not specifically ruled out that Petro located his political position as late, did write a column for 360Radio about this agreement. The rancher recalled having asked Petro that, “despite the ideological differences, in order to turn the countryside and agricultural production into a priority of public policy and a factor of change in the development model, to make Colombia an agri-food power It is where we meet, it is where we fully identify ourselves and it is where we can make common cause”.

KEEP READING:

Álvaro Uribe joined the questions about the elimination of the day without VAT: “It runs over parents”
Historical Pact asked Petro to stop the presentation of the Electoral Code: “It does not respond to the government program”
President Petro referred to the massacre that left 18 dead in Putumayo: “They kill each other as if they were disposable”

Leave a Comment