Argentina: Blueberry production stable in recent years

The Ministry of Agriculture's Office in Buenos Aires, the mayor of Concordia, Gustavo Bordet, nucleated blueberry producers in APAMA and Minister of Production of Entre Rios, Robert Schunk, presented a report about the current state of the blueberry industry in the region of Salto Grande, the most important at the national level, to the Undersecretary of Agriculture, Juan Carlos Maceira.

The report also analysed the volume of exports, job creation in the area, and the need for the state to accompany the sector in the investment in new technology such as anti-hail meshes, to maintain the stability of production, which in recent years consolidated in 1,000 hectares.

During the meeting, APAMA technicians spoke about the importance of the blueberry sector, the total value of the export volume and the jobs the sector created in the area.

In that sense, Bordet stressed the need to support the productive sector taking into consideration the stability in recruitment during the months of September to December, as it was the main generator of jobs in the region, in a reciprocal engagement with the citrus activity.

APAMA emphasized the sector's stability as they've had 1,000 acres production for the last three years, which has enabled them to become a regular and reliable supply for the international markets.

In order to continue this stable supply, producers highlighted the importance of incorporating technology and the continued use of anti-hail nets, as the sector has been severely affected by this weather phenomenon in recent years.

During the meeting, it was noted that the region of Salto Grande is the main producing area of blueberries in Argentina and South America, as well as a world leader in terms of fertigation, frost, and genetic technology.

The officials pledged to manage credit lines with rates consistent with production to help the sector grow.


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