According to Mar del Plata's Chamber of Kiwi Producers, the season that just ended was very positive as exports experienced a significant year-on-year increase of more than 50%.
Exports were fueled by an increase in production due to the notable increase in many relatively new batches that still haven't reached their production cap and the impact of technological advances.
The coronavirus pandemic also helped increase the consumption of this fruit in the northern hemisphere, which promoted the importation of Argentine kiwis.
The challenge imposed by COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic presented an extra challenge for producers. There was no official protocol for the activity, so producers had to implement strict prevention measures to avoid the high risk posed by the disease, as a case of coronavirus would have ended the harvest.
"We are facing a new situation. The harvest time is when we have the highest concentration of people and there was a lot of risk. However, the producers designed a protocol and everything went very well. We had no coronavirus cases," stated Ricardo Nejamkin, a member of the Chamber of Kiwi producers.
There are nearly 400 hectares of kiwi in Mar del Plata, which are located in plantations on Route 88 or near Sierra de Los Padres. 80% of the national kiwi consumed in the country is produced in this area.
According to Nejamkin, "production can be increased when the country solves its macroeconomic problems and there is greater stability." "The business is good, the problem is the lack of long-term financing," he stressed.