At the beginning of the 80s, the kiwi was considered an exotic fruit, but it soon gained positions at high speed. Argentina was not the exception to this phenomenon and this product, originally from China, began to be seen in the country's tables: currently, the country's consumption stands at 0.45 kilos per capita of this fruit per year.
According to Luis Franch, the president of Ikiwi and vice president of the Chamber of Kiwi Producers of the province of Buenos Aires, local consumption of kiwi is the largest in Latin America. Meanwhile, production in Argentina began in 1991. The ideal climate occurs in the coastal area, mainly, in Miramar and Sierra de los Padres. "It is estimated that 4 million kilos are produced here per year and after the banana is the main import fruit. There have been times when the country has imported 15 million kilos," Franch said.
The main producers of kiwi in the southern hemisphere are New Zealand and Chile, and Italy is the leading producer in the northern hemisphere. "Now many plantations are being developed in Spain, France, Greece, the United States and Iran, because it does not occur in any area, it requires maritime climate and certain humidity and temperature," Franch stated.
Argentina exports its kiwi, but since it doesn't produce a big volume it is very difficult to consolidate markets abroad. "Even so, those who try it say it is of excellent quality," says Franch.
Source: Carlos Manzoni, la nacion.com.ar