In the current citrus season, the Argentine province of Tucuman has a production area of 50,472 hectares. At the departmental level, Burruyacu has the largest cultivated area in the province and accounts for 34% of the area. Burruyacu, Famailla, Tafi Viejo, Monteros, Chicligasta, and La Cocha account for almost 80% of the total planted area.
La Cocha, Lules, Cruz Alta, and Alberdi are the departments that register the greatest increase in the area dedicated to citrus cultivation, as their area increased by 10 to 15% when compared to 2019. Meanwhile, the area in the department of Famailla decreased by 4.73% and in Monteros, it fell by 2.84%.
In general, the area planted with citrus registered an increase of 1,344 ha, i.e. +2.74% over the previous season. This figure accentuates the growing trend that has been registered since 2017 (42,977 ha), the year in which the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) Famailla began to record data about the area dedicated to this crop. From that year to the present campaign there was a cumulative increase of 7,495 ha, equivalent to a 17.4% increase.
Since the strong expansion three years ago, there has been a slowdown in the planting rate in the last season. The drop in profitability, caused by the low values of fruit for industry and lower exported volumes of fresh fruit in general, negatively affected the expectations of new plantations.
This study is part of INTA Famailla's annual work to estimate how much area the main crops in the province occupy in order to determine the expansion or decrease of agricultural activities and detect trends in the change in agricultural land use. To do this, the institute monitors and evaluates crops using satellite images.