Peach producers from Mendoza are concerned about the import of more than 40,000 cans of peaches from China, which were produced by the Shandong LixingTinFood Co Ltd company and are being imported by Millan SA (the owner of Atomo supermarkets). The producers are concerned as the province of Mendoza, which has 7,000 hectares devoted to this production and concentrates Argentina's peach production (the world's fifth-largest producer of industrialized peaches), will start harvesting this fruit in just a few days.
Producers will meet on Monday, December 14, to define the measures they will take to protest. “We have made all the formal proposals. We'll meet on Monday with producers and define what actions we'll take. One option is to boycott the Atomo supermarkets' purchases. If this doesn't work, we could dump the peach on the roads in repudiation of the lack of respect for our activity," stated the president of the Rural Society of Valle de Uco, Mario Leiva.
According to Leiva, Mendoza produces 100,000 to 150,000 tons of peaches per year. The import, which was authorized by the Ministry of Productive Development of the Nation, directed by Matias Kulfas, could affect 4,000 families.
Faced with this situation, the producers sent a letter to Governor Rodolfo Suarez, President Alberto Fernandez, and Mendoza's national legislators asking them to intercede in this conflict. "This is not a problem of the productive matrix. It is an attack on our production, as most of the peach we produce is consumed in the country," the directors of the rural entity stated.
The local Ministry of Economy and Energy also sent a claim to the Ministry of Productive Development and the Ministry of Agriculture led by Luis Basterra. “Mendoza is the country's leading peach producer. That's why we promote it with investment and credits and we defend it. The government enabling the importation of industrial food products is a mistake,” said the Minister of Economy and Energy, Enrique Vaquie. "We want to express our absolute rejection of these situations that alter the normal balance of the production chain," the claim adds.