The cherry harvesting campaign has begun in the Argentine region of Rio Negro, an important producing province that, year by year, increases its export potential. "Expectations are very good and, once again, we'll export to the Chinese market," confirmed the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Alberto Diomedi. “This harvest, which lasts about 45 days, is of great importance for Rio Negro, because of the jobs it generates, but also because the product is of high quality and it's consumed in the domestic market and it's also exported to different international markets,” the official added.
There are currently 447 hectares in production in Rio Negro distributed in Valle Medio (65%), Alto Valle (25%), Rio Colorado (7%), Conesa (2%) and Viedma (1%), which grow different varieties, the most prominent of which are Lapins, Bing, Santina, Swett Heart, and Royal Down, among others.
According to Diomedi, the Chinese market was opened with the signing of the protocol in the framework of the G20. “This is the commitment assumed by the producing companies, which are beginning to make investments in technology to protect their product. For example, they already have meshes to protect the crops against the rains in Chimpay. This is a strong investment of more than $15,000 dollars per hectare that the companies made to increase their production and maintain the international quality standard of the fruit,” Diomedi said.
The second National Cherry Day, which brought together about 200 producers, entrepreneurs, and officials related to cherry in the region, took place this year. The first tripartite table of the sector in which the Government, producers-companies, and unions, was created at the request of the Provincial Government due to a large amount of labor used during the harvest.