The cherry season that has just ended in the Argentine province of Neuquen yielded positive figures. Neuquen exported a total of 935 tons of cherries this season, 755 of which were shipped by sea.
During the last five years, the volume of cherries exported from this province has increased by 835%. The impact of the sanitary protocol signed with China in 2018 was decisive for this increase, as it enabled the bulk of overseas exports.
At present, the province has about 254 hectares devoted to cherry production, but only 9 establishments have the infrastructure, technical-productive level, and the necessary qualifications to adapt to the export programs. These nine establishments have a total area of 190 hectares, which are distributed between the towns of Vista Alegre, Centenario, San Patricio del Chañar, and Neuquen capital.
The Government of the Province of Neuquen established a Five-Year Plan between 2019-2023 in order to deepen joint actions between the public and private sector and to expand the production matrix, together with the Argentine Chamber of Integrated Cherry Producers (CAPCI) through the SME Center.