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Argentina exports its first pomegranates to Brazil
A shipment of 9,800 kilos of pomegranates distributed in 2,388 boxes marked an historic milestone for Argentina: it was the first export in the history of that fruit to Brazil.
Cordoba had a starring role in this export, as the merchandise originated from Cruz del Eje, where the biggest producer of pomegranates in the country, Granadas Argentinas, is located.
According to the director of the company, Guillermo Scaraffia, the fruits were sent to San Pablo last week and they are already being sold in that market.
According to the Ministry of Agribusiness, the possibility of exporting to Brazil came after the Department of Plant Health of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, endorsed the Argentine proposal for the implementation of a Risk Mitigation System (SMR) for Lobesia botrana.
According to Scaraffia, this year they will produce two million kilos of pomegranates, 1.8 million of which will be exported.
Granadas Argentinas already sells its products to the United States, Europe, and Singapore, among other destinations, and now it also sells them to Brazil, a market with great appeal.
Brazil is appealing because the rest of the countries that supply the region, such as Chile or Peru, do not have authorization to enter Brazil, which today imports pomegranates from the United States, but in a different season.
"Being alone, we can get good prices. In addition freight costs are much lower than when we ship the product to the US or Europe," Scaraffia stated.
By 2019, the company expects to increase its production to three million kilos, 300 to 400 thousand of which could be sent to Brazil, according to Scaraffia.
Publication date: 7/10/2018
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