The authorities of the Argentine Chamber of Integrated Fruit Growers (CAFI) are worried about the possible sanctions that the Brazilian Government may apply after the recent rejection of a shipment of fruit from the Valley on the border due to the presence of carpocapsa larvae. They assured us that they are working with the National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service, Senasa, to get all the information about what happened that day at the border and to analyze how the Valley's fruit growers are managing the risk mitigation system for the control of the pest.
Some regional businessmen say that there are pressures from different Brazilian producer sectors so that their Government closes the market for Argentine pears and apples, where the Valley exports 30% of its entire exportable supply.
Moreover, the head of CAFI, Agustin Argibay, said he had held meetings with the new ambassador of Argentina in Mexico, Carlos Tomada, to see how they can expand the Mexican, which in 2007 bought 800,000 boxes of Valley Pears and now has only imported a little more than 200,000 boxes.
The complex health situation in the Valley
The sanitary situation of the Valley is delicate. That is not a novelty. Everybody that drives along Route 22 from Villa Regina to Cipolletti can see the state of abandonment of thousands of hectares that were productive until a few years ago, and that now represent a source of infection conducive to the development of carpocapsa.
In addition, since producers are suffering a structural crisis, they don't have the funds to make all the necessary investments to control the pest.
As a result of this, the current pressure of the carpocapsa throughout the Valley makes it more difficult to export.