The transporters' strike in Argentina could cause millions of losses in Tucuman and Corrientes' lemon harvest

Transporters in Argentina, who are protesting fuel shortages and overpricing at various points in the country, have blocked several roads, generating complications in the production and distribution of goods and food. In fact, on Thursday, the Association of Cargo Carriers of Tucumán (ATCT), announced that it would 'relax' the protest, although it will maintain the cessation of activities after three consecutive days of mobilizations in northern Argentina, where the strike could generate high losses could to the lemon and sugar harvest, two key crops in the regional economy of the NOA and NEA.

On the other hand, according to the Association of Citrus Growers of Bella Vista, estimates are that the lack of diesel supply could generate the loss of 25,000 tons of lemons in the province of Corrientes. In the Parana basin, in particular, in the department of Bella Vista, about 4,500 hectares of citrus plantations were affected, as some producers began to discard the fruit. Lemon accounts for 90% of the production in this area and at this time it is harvested for the industry.

The diesel supply issues are due to the high demand there is for it, which is at the highest level in recent years. In addition, Argentina imports 30% of diesel production to supply the local market. The value of fuels internationally is at historic highs and logistics are limited as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. As a result, fuel import costs have reached the highest values recorded for the region, greatly widening the gap with neighboring countries.



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