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Argentina: Good program and new markets for lemonThe leader from the Tucuman Citrus Association, Roberto Sánchez Loria, said that the drought is forcing up to a month delay on the harvest begin, so this year's harvest is estimated to start mid April.
Every time there was talk about the long drought affecting Tucumán, the citrus analysis was left out, it was only mentioned that other local productions would be affected by the phenomenon affecting the province since mid last year.
It was assured that the drought incidence in the citrus production was minimal, and that once the fruit gets to the right size to be harvested, a good harvest will start.
Sánchez Loria affirmed that every year they manage to reach new markets, a task made easy by the excellent reputation of the Tucuman fruit on a international level. "Small shipments reach different destinations every year", he detailed, adding that it's always a small step to reach the wider objective - entering the US market again, something that, according to him, is close to happening if the advances in the fulfilling of their several health plan requirements are considered. "Then we'll have to deal with the politics, when we will need the support from the Government to manage with the US authorities".
Regarding the crisis over Europe, which are the main destinations for the Tucuman citrus exports today, Sánchez Loria showed was confident that there was no negative effect, based on the commercialization advantages held by the fresh fruit sent to Europe.
On the other hand, the leader referred the local production conditions, revealing that despite the minimal expansion of the citrus area, a consistent growth of the industrial side was registered, by the settling of processing plants which production is also demanded. Regarding future perspectives, he expects a moderate growth, sustained in both areas, accounting on the growing demand registered year after year in the world markets.
At last, the ATC holder admitted strong rises in the costs of supplies. These factors could condition the chances to achieve positive results. In that sense, he announced efforts made by the national and provincial authorities, in order to boost measures to help improve the activity's profitability, by means of imposing considerations.
Publication date: 3/21/2012
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