The province of Tucumán, located in northern Argentina, is the leading producer of lemons in the world with a harvest of more than 1,500,000 tons, which accounts for 20% of the world's production, according to data from the Institute of Productive Development (IDEP).
However, due to the bad weather conditions during the harvest period, the production cannot be marketed because it does not meet the quality standards of the domestic and international markets. In addition to the high temperatures and the precipitations there have been since March, the sector was also affected by a truck driver's conflict that paralyzed the activity for more than 10 days.
The province's Food Bank received a lot of the production, which will go to the canteens of the province and the rest of the country, although the volumes harvested are so large that many lemons have had to be discarded in garbage landfills.
People from the Citrus Association of Northeast Argentina (ACNOA) have stated that this situation affects the industry, production, and the 50,000 direct jobs generated in the production region.