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Argentina: A new freight terminal to facilitate the export of fruits to the U.S. and Europe was inaugurated

The president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez, participated today in the inauguration of a new cargo terminal with cold chambers at the Benjamin Matienzo International Airport, in the province of Tucumán. The president was present via video, through which she congratulated the governor, José Alperovich, as well as the officials and producers who pushed the initiative, which had funding from the national government.

Alperovich, Minister of Agriculture, spoke first and stressed the importance that the national government's support had in the realization of this terminal, which cost 8.5 million dollars, as revealed by the president. "Now we can export fresh blueberries to the U.S. and European Union. We are going to have 80 flights this year, and we'll arrive in the United States in less than 24 hours," he said. He stressed that a ton of frozen blueberries is currently worth $ 2,200 while, if they're fresh, they can be worth five times more, $ 10,000 dollars. "We have 1,200 acres of blueberries, an activity that employs 30,000 people when the sugar harvest is finished throughout October, November and December," he said.

" We're happy, because it means jobs," the head of state stressed and emphasized that there were only three chartered flights of this fruit in 2003, compared to 80 trips projected for this season.

The cargo terminal with cold storage and logistics can store 150 tons of fruit and was funded with contributions funded through the Ministry of Rural Development and Family Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Office. It has a built area of 1640 square meters, composed of three sectors: a cold chamber, a pre-chamber and offices for the inspection bodies and operators to use.
The project, done with funds of the Regional Economies Development Program, required a total investment of $ 9.5 million dollars. A second stage of the project involves the building of parking area for trucks as well as a space for direct loading and unloading tasks, and an aircraft parking area, which will be connected via a new street to the runway.


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