Argentina’s cherry exports keep growing

Argentina’s cherry exports keep growing

The local cherry industry in Neuquén, Argentina, has been growing at a sustained rate in terms of its production; during the latest season it delivered 1,510 tons, out of which 80 were exported. With this, cherry exports increased 20 percent versus the previous year – this is equivalent to about 6.3 million dollars.

As of today, Neuquén has about 275 hectares producing cherries, which are mainly distributed throughout the Neuquén River’s valley, between El Chañar and Centenario. Another area showing great potential is Limay, between Arroyito and Colonia Valentina.

According to information delivered by Neuquén’s Ministry of Production, cherry production brings 10 jobs per hectare, considering both permanent and temporary positions.

The cherry industry in Neuquén, Argentina, was still affected by the pandemic’s logistical challenges: CAPCI (the Argentinean Integrated Chamber of Cherry Producers) celebrated the increase in exported volume, which added up to 1,231.87 tons despite the problems faced in recent years. 

Among the most important issues we saw pandemic restrictions, which had an impact on international transportation; but there were also problems stemming from a handful of airlines going out of business in Argentina, since 70% of cherry exports are carried out through the air.

Argentina produces anywhere between 10,000 and 12,000 tons of cherries per year, and Neuquén’s production is a bit over 10% of that.

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