Some farmers from the Valley began harvesting pears last week. The season starts with good expectations despite the global health context. If all goes well, 80% of this production, which will be harvested until mid-February, will be exported. The remaining production will go to the domestic market.
“The production that wasn't affected by the hail is healthy and has a good starting size. Several years ago, the size of the fruit wasn't as big as the Williams pear is now,” highlighted Daniel Perez, president of the Roca Producers Chamber.
Perez also said that the first batch of 10,000 seasonal workers from the north was still arriving to pick up the harvest. The groups of Tucuman have been arriving well, he said. However, those that come from other provinces, such as Corrientes, Entre Rios, and Misiones, have had more complications to arrive because of the curfew decreed and the travel restrictions between 1 and 6.
"Last year's harvest was complicated because of hail. Several producers have had liquidations that have not covered the expectation or the cost of production," he added.
Carlos Zanardi, president of the Fernández Oro Chamber of Agricultural Producers, said the region exports about 1.2 million tons of fruit a year, half of which corresponds to pears.
Zanardi has four hectares of pears on a farm that is at the border between Fernandez Oro and Cipolletti. "Those who have more than 6,000 kilos have already started to harvest. The rest of us hope the fruit will have the best possible size and, if it's possible, to harvest in a single pass," he stated.