The chamber that brings together the exporters of the sector has a new board of directors for the period 2021-2023. The Argentine Blueberry Committee (ABC) held elections and Alejandro Pannunzio was elected president. Pannunzio already served as vice president in the previous management.
Pannunzio is an agronomist, PhD from the University of Buenos Aires, and Professor of the Irrigation and Drainage Chair of the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been an irrigation consultant and blueberry producer for more than fifteen years. He also chairs APAMA, the Association of Blueberry Producers of Mesopotamia Argentina.
The ABC represents the interests of blueberry exporters in Argentina, bringing together, in addition to companies, the regional entities of the three productive zones of the country: NOA (Tucumán, Salta), NEA (Entre Ríos, Corrientes) and Buenos Aires.
Continuity and Strengthening
The brand new board of directors confirmed that it will continue with the entity's line of conduct with a focus on strengthening the design and implementation of actions framed in both social and commercial policy.
“Undoubtedly the challenge now is to improve our competitiveness, that implies addressing the tax issue that falls on the sector; improve labor relations by ensuring that social benefits are not incompatible with activity during harvest and pruning periods; get China to lower our tariff to zero in order to access that market from which we should be able to derive a third of Argentine production; and finally to be able to strongly develop a varietal improvement program that allows us to have our own varieties,” Pannunzio told blueberriesconsulting.com.