Producers ask the government to declare agricultural emergency

Argentina: Hail causes huge losses to the blueberry sector

"The hailstorm hit the department of Metan, in the province of Salta, and hit about a thousand tons of upcoming blueberry harvest. Three minutes of hail were enough to destroy an entire season of promising crop. Due to the total loss of their plantations, the Extraberries SA Company was forced to terminate abruptly, the campaign that began on September 1 and that was programmed to last until the end of November," said local MP Bernardo Biella.

The MP added that as a result, more than three thousand workers lost their source of income. The company lost all of its production because of the weather event and they only need about seven hundred workers to prune the plants and prepare the plantations for the 2015 season.

Biella remarked: "We've presented a project in order to address issues of the same problem: the activation of the agricultural emergency contemplated by law 26,509 can be implemented when the needs of the affected producers, their employees and their families are pressing and require immediate financial assistance and when harvesters abruptly lose their jobs in these circumstances. We the representatives have requested the government tries to give solutions to both workers and producers."


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