For some agribusiness representatives, the defense of conservative agendas, in addition to not representing the real demands of the sector (exports, good image and sustainability), demonstrates personal interests and voters.
“The radical stance and support for undemocratic acts gained repercussions because they come from within an association whose financial turnover is R$ 50 million per month,” said an executive in the export sector, who asked not to be identified.
“Money has great mobilization power, but this is Galvan’s personal electoral campaign agenda [da Aprosoja] for the Senate,” he said. “For him, what’s important is to make noise and create controversy.”
According to this executive, the idea that agribusiness is divided or split gains strength because there are wealthy and conservative leaders in the sector, who, when they talk about their regional strongholds, have the power to mobilize many people due to economic strength.
“They even occupy positions of articulation between the government and the sector, which requires a liberal profile, but in fact they are extremely conservative people, linked to customs and who speak loudly, but it is not the whole.”
Another agro representative who also did not want to manifest himself publicly claims that what is happening is a “thirst for power”, which came with the rise of the conservative right to the government.
“We had FHC’s government, which created the Ministry of Agrarian Reform; then, years of the PT government. So, when the conservative right, which is half a dozen in the sector, with mobilization power, came to power, they felt ecstatic” , he stated. “It’s their time, and this urge to scream. But the agenda is personal and electoral.”
Sought by the report, the president of Aprosoja/MT did not respond until the publication of this text.