The establishments devoted to organic production in Rio Negro grew by 12%. During 2017 there were 240 enterprises certified for this type of production and in 2018 they increased to 268.
The province mainly produces organic pears and apples, which are entirely destined for export to the United States and Europe. However, there is a novelty: the main products exported include cider and organic pear and apple purée. This implies that they added value to the primary production.
Even though the area devoted to growing apples decreased during the past year, livestock establishments began to certify their organic production.
"Organic farming has grown tremendously in these last two years in our Province. The data obtained by the latest SENASA survey highlights the increase in Rio Negro," said the Undersecretary of Fruit Production, Pablo De Azevedo, who is also an active member of the Advisory Commission for Organic Production at a national level.
"The same study reveals that fruit exports increased by 6% over the previous year, and has remained above 40,000 tons for six years. Rio Negro has a strong participation in that percentage with its pears," the official added.
Although the domestic market continues to be characterized by the diversity of product offerings, the volume is not very relevant at the moment. Organic products are mainly marketed in fairs and are offered via direct deliveries from the producer to the marketer or directly to the address of the consumer.
Despite this, it is clear that organic production is here to stay: in 2018 the country had a total of 80,877 hectares devoted to organic production, i.e. 5% more than in 2017, supporting the growing trend observed since 2013.