Argentina: Due to European crisis, avocado turns to domestic market

Europe is not the only concern for growers. The evolution of this market also worries avocado growers. For this campaign, the situation in the Old World (particularly in Spain) creates uncertainty in the activity and induces the traditional exporter to look with great interest other markets, like the domestic one. This was stated to LA GACETA Julio Figueroa, President of the Association of Avocado Producers of Tucumán (Apropal).

According to the leader, the autumn rains delayed the harvest, but the domestic market is saturated with excessive volumes of fruit. “Furthermore, it must compete with Chilean exports to the United States and Europe,” he said. As a result of this situation, Apropal evaluates a fall in selling prices in Buenos Aires and in the central area.

According to a report done by experts of the Experimental Agroindustrial Station Obispo Colombres (EEAOC), Argentina produces about 12,000 tons of avocado. Tucumán is one of the leading avocado domestic suppliers for the Central Market of Buenos Aires, followed by Chile. Avocado production begins in March and finishes in November and December, “Hass” being the most widespread variety. According to the president of Apropal, the avocado situation in this campaign presents itself with heterogeneous nuances from previous years…

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