Impairment in FND

Damaged since the previous six-year term, the headquarters of the National Finance for Agriculture, Rural and Fisheries Development keep its doors open, but its services are very limited.

The staff caring for credit applicants are moving, while hundreds of regional coordination managers are awaiting payment of their settlements, some for their entry into the voluntary retirement program, others because their expired contracts have not been renewed “for austerity reasons.” most of the middle and senior executives, in remote work, to avoid the fourth wave of infections.

Remote work was the new normal. And it is that the general manager, Baldemar Hernández Márquez, sent the cases of his competence from the southeast of the country — sometimes in Villahermosa, sometimes in Mérida — because of his intermittent medical disabilities, not all of which are attributable to his SARS infections. is not. CoV-2.

Whether the move will be final or whether the FND’s headquarters — in the Escandón area — will be strengthened, there are still no definitions. It all depends on the decisions of the Ministry of Finance.

Paradoxes of the health contingency: a boom period began for agricultural industry, with increases in food prices and an increase in exports that will now be affected by the rise in the exchange rate and the cost of insurance premiums for natural disasters. For small producers in the Mexican countryside, without access to credit, insurance and modernization, good harvests just do not come.

Meanwhile, the “tabasqueñización” of the institution completed 18 months. Baldemar Hernández Márquez took over the reins, replacing Javier Delgado, after a discreet step by coordinating the integration centers of wellness. Both positions were direct presidential appointments.

From CEPCI to FND, uninterrupted. With Hernández Márquez, María Isabel Montoya arrived at the Deputy Directorate of Administration, which was previously in charge of processes and organizational structures of the integration centers.

But one thing is to direct the tasks of the Servants of the People and another, quite different, of the field staff who manage and collect the credits for the agricultural producers. Employees through outsourcing and structural personnel have been subjected to a “terrorist treatment” with threats of dismissal for unjustified absences, regardless of the health event, which contrasts with the exceptions for middle and senior executives, with continuous access to Covid tests.

The labor policy at FND has been undergoing adjustments for a semester. Before the end of 2021, the employees of the central offices and regional coordination hired by outsourcing were forced to sign their resignations. Most were not reappointed, “on orders from above.”

With a marked decline in credit placement and an expansion of the overdue portfolio, the FND is on the verge of paralysis. In addition to the delay in the adaptations of the new headquarters — a building located in front of the Morelia Garden in Roma Norte, owned by the Ministry of Economy — there are major complications in the move: the proper functioning of the bank core, a pending the previous term of six years that it worsened in the two-year period that Javier Delgado directed this government agency.

During that period, the proposal arose to transform the institution into a development bank, which would be called AgroFin. In recent years, Hernández Márquez’s team has focused its actions on the implementation of the so-called Secure Credit — created by presidential instructions — which would be processed in the Integral Development Centers, a modality that led to a decrease in the placement of the FND.

The administrative disorder has led to tighter control of most treasury authorities. And while the decision to focus credit allocation on the agricultural sector rather than on small producers has served the head of the institution to strengthen ties with state governments, it has also provoked criticism within the sector.

Alberto Aguirre


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Journalist and columnist for El Economista, author of Doña Perpetua: Elba Esther Gordillo’s Power and Luxury. Elba Esther Gordillo against the SEP.

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