Argentina: "Some blueberry fields won't be able to continue producing"

The crisis in the sector continues and the area planted in the region shows a downward trend. This is in response to a series of factors. "Some fields won't be able to continue producing," the president of the Association of Blueberries Producers of Argentina's Mesopotamia (APAMA), Alejandro Pannunzio, stated. The planted area is decreasing and the number of fields that have stopped producing is increasing.

Speaking to the "Con Todo al Aire" program (FM 89.3 Red Concordia), the leader said that in 2008 there were more than 4 thousand hectares devoted to this production in the region and that last year (2018) there were only 2,700 hectares.

According to the head of APAMA, the downward trend is due to a series of reasons. Apart from the bad decisions taken at the governmental level, there has been an overproduction in other producing countries, such as "Colombia and Peru, that have had an incidence on this trend.

"The offer in the world market grew so much, that the macroeconomic situation of the country was compounded by a drop in the price of the product at its destination," he said. "The fruit exported achieved lower prices and we were also affected by the retentions and the lack of reimbursements," he emphasized.

"It is very difficult to maintain profitability under these conditions and some fields are going to be unable to continue producing," said Pannunzio.

Now what?
When asked about what the producers who tried to grow blueberries would do now, Pannunzio said it was impossible to say, given that the situation is shared by the fruit growing sector, in general.

He stated that previous governments had taken inadequate measures and that when one looked at the statistics, all of the fruits that Argentina exported presented a downward trend.


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