Tucuman exported its first batch of blueberries to the United States on the first weekend of October. The first 50 tons of this fruit was transported to Miami in a plane of the firm LAN Cargo.
The B767 aircraft landed on Saturday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Argentine airport Benjamin Matienzo, where it was loaded. Then, the plane departed for Miami, where it arrived after an eight-hour flight.
At present, the bulk of Tucuman's blueberry production is sent to the markets of the United States - which accounts for more than 50% of the exportable volume -, the United Kingdom, and EU countries. At the end of last year, China joined the list of importers.
Tucuman is Argentina's second-largest producer of blueberries, with 37% of the total, and it is only surpassed by Entre Rios, with 40%. In total, the country produces an average of 22,000 tons of blueberries per year.
The province has around 1,500 hectares devoted to berry cultivation. There are approximately 1,200 hectares of blueberry crops, 300 hectares of strawberry, and a small area of blackberry and raspberry crops.