Transit restrictions put northern Argentina's citrus campaign at risk

The development of citrus campaigns in the north of the country is being affected by the mobility restrictions decreed by Argentinian authorities to stop the expansion of COVID-19 among the population. The producers of the region, which are grouped in the Argentine Federation of Citrus (Federcitrus), have warned the national authorities that they could paralyze the harvest due to the problems that transporters of their products have faced at the entrances to different municipalities, despite the special permission that the Government granted the food and fuel logistics companies to circulate.

Federcitrus issued a statement saying that the business sector was facing "numerous unpredictable and unjustified obstacles from local administrations at the start of the fresh citrus harvest and export season." As a result, Federcitrus has asked the national government to immediately take measures to regularize this situation. Otherwise, they stated, they would be forced to "suspend the harvest, packaging, and industrialization of citrus fruits and paralyze exports."

Last week, the Ministry of Transport had decided to issue a single national circulation permit for cargo transport to avoid this issue that has been denounced by various agricultural entities.



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