Argentina's fruit and vegetable sector is concerned about the low sales of their products in the country and does not expect good results at the end of the year. Omar Carrasco, the head of the Fruit and Vegetable Producers Federation said sales had slumped. "During November they fell by 30% when compared to September and we believe that they will be even slower as the end of the year parties get nearer," he stated in an interview with CNN radio Mendoza 91.7. However, the sector expects an improvement once the new year starts.
He also said that consumers were no longer purchasing certain products that were not essential, as they represented a large expense. In this regard, he said, tropical fruits are the least chosen products. According to Carrasco, there is a kind of boycott against dollarized products, and consumers are showing a preference for seasonal or local products.
"We have started to sell much more citrus fruit. The same, however, has not happened for our stone fruits," he said. He said that this might be because stone fruit prices were a bit high when compared to citrus fruits, as only the first batches of these fruits were on the market.
Carrasco said that, in terms of prices, the most affordable vegetables during this season were onions, potatoes, chards, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli.