Production and export of Argentinian blueberries declines

At the beginning of 2021, official statistics from Argentina showed that the total production of blueberries had reached 18.000 tons: of that volume, almost 11.000 tons of fresh fruit were exported. The comparison with the harvest and export that has just ended reflects a reduction: the preliminary calculation shows that exports reached 8.000 tons, with a smaller area.

From the sector, it points to the high operating and tax costs, in some cases dollarized, the high inflation and the lack of policies for the sector. What happened has similarities with the citrus industry, although unlike it, citrus is mostly destined for domestic markets.

The fruit is in high global demand. In fact, Peru, which had started its production long after Argentina, is constantly on the rise. According to Apama, the distribution of exports has maintained the markets of the United States (65%) of the total; Canada, European Union, United Kingdom, and Asia.


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