Blueberry production in Argentina begins a new harvesting year with the prospect of strengthening its differential product. The first shipments are leaving the country, mainly to non-traditional markets such as Israel and Indonesia. Due to favorable measures such as the removal of withholding taxes, the sector expects a good harvesting season that will enable the recovery of competitiveness.
These shipments mark the beginning of a season which will be the first one including measures that allow some breathing space to producers who are seeking to recover their competitiveness before other suppliers from the southern hemisphere and who have grown exponentially in the last few years.
Regarding the estimates for the 2021 season, the Argentine Blueberry Committee projects that the average total production levels of recent years will be kept at around 17.5 million kilos per year. Out of these 17.5 million, fresh fruit exports are estimated to account for 9 million approximately, domestic market around 3.5 million and frozen fruit exports around 5 more million. Organic production confirms its growing trend and is increasing year on year. In 2020, organic production accounted for 35% of total production.