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They highlighted as “historic” a shipment of fruits to the European Union and Russia

The boarding of 13,634 tons of fresh fruit (lemons, tangerines and oranges), in addition to pears and walnuts, to the European Union and the Russian Federation It was considered by the Minister of Agriculture, Julián Domínguez, as “a new milestone for our exports.” In addition, he said that “he is proud of the producers.”

The president of the National Service of Health and Food Quality (Senasa), Carlos Paz, was also satisfied with this “Historic shipment of Argentine citrus fruits, since it is the result of the management of our Government, which seeks productive development, strengthen the industry and add value as a generator of employment ”.

With everything, on June 15 of this year a shipment of similar volume was made, 11,000 tons, which also departed from the port of Campana to the same destinations, two of the main in this category for our country. At that time, there were 9,809 pallets, made up of: 4,917 pallets of lemons, 3,855 of mandarins, 109 of oranges, 272 of apples and 512 of pears, plus a batch with 144 pallets of sweet potatoes. as officially reported.

This time, it was 12,260 pallets: 6405 of lemons, 4823 of orange, 860 of mandarins, 166 of pears and a batch with 6 pallets of walnut.

The Ministry of Agriculture reported this Wednesday that “our country annually produces around 3,542,000 tons of fresh citrus fruits and four out of every ten exported fruits belong to that group. Of the 364,800 tons exported in 2020, 68% corresponds to lemon, 22.5% to orange, 9.2% to mandarin and 0.2% to grapefruit ”. Indeed, what is now shipped to Russia and the European Union represents 4% of the annual total.

The head of the health agency that inspected and certified the shipment, put into consideration that “the citrus industry had many problems and we have managed to reverse this situation, promoting joint work between the State and the private sector, since we all have the same objective: to see an Argentina that stands up and adds value ”.

Paz was convinced that “this always results in work for regional economies, with Tucumán, as a good example. In the last season we have articulated very strongly with the producers and the provinces to improve the quality and health of Argentine citrus fruit and thus we have access to very demanding markets, such as the United States ”.

The national director of Plant Protection of Senasa, Diego Quiroga, He added that “thanks to the improvements that are being carried out in the phytosanitary certification in the export of citrus fruits and the product of the joint work of Senasa with the private sector and with the provinces, the 2021 campaign is developing normally.”

The team of professionals with an international signature, belonging to the health organization, carried out the phytosanitary certification of the pallets that left refrigerated in a conventional warehouse and their complement of containers on deck.

“In compliance with the function of control and national organization of phytosanitary protection that Senasa has, it is that the work of producers, packers, shipowners, shipping companies and the entire export sector of raw materials with high added value ”, stood out from the body.

It is worth remembering that during the month of August the Government established reference values ​​for the export of lemons and limes, destined for the United States and Canada, as well as countries in Europe and Asia. As reported, the measure aimed to detect and avoid “possible under-invoicing maneuvers.”

The new prices were established by general resolution 5047 published in the Official Gazette. “These values ​​are very important for the entire lemons and limes production chain, mainly in the north of the country. They are clear rules for foreign trade that act as protection for those who comply with the rules, “said the head of Customs at the time, Silvia Traverso.

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