In the first half of the year, exports of meat, fruit and vegetables from Argentnina grew between 14% and 20% year-on-year, amid the isolation set up to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, as reported by Senasa.
The national agency -which works within the orbit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries- specified that meat exports rose 14% during the first half compared to the same period in 2019, while fruit exports increased 22% and of vegetables 15%.
“In addition to what foreign currency income from exports and normal domestic supply means, the information shows that Argentina manages to overcome the difficulties for food production and trade that afflict other countries due to the Covid-19 crisis. , as indicated by reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “they highlighted from Senasa in a press release.
Between January and June of this year, 440,800 tons of beef, poultry, and pork products and by-products were exported, which meant an increase of 14% compared to 2019.
Regarding bovine meat, Senasa audits registered a 20% increase in shipments with 282,665 tons exported, whose main destination was China, which bought 214,359 tons.
Chile followed with 14,702 tons; Israel, with 12,983 tons; and the United States, with 9,998 tons.
Regarding poultry meat, exports advanced 1.5% compared to 2019, reaching 139,651 tons, with China as the main buyer.
Meanwhile, exports of pork products and by-products grew 49% with 18,483 tons shipped, whose main destinations were China with 9,379 tons; Hong Kong, 2,599; Russia, 1,845; Chile, 1,400; and Angola, 644.
In terms of fruits, exports had a jump of 22% in the first six months of the year, going from 462,468 tons in 2019 to 563,738 tons today.
Of this total, pears had the largest share with the dispatch of 248,871 tons in that period, which represented a year-on-year increase of 9%.
However, the greatest progress was evident in shipments of lemons, with an expansion of 57% year-on-year, going from 123,040 tons in 2019 to 192,794 tons today.
Meanwhile, apple exports grew 14% to 70,461 tons, while fresh orange exports grew 36% to 22,784 tons.
Kiwi (67%) and cherry (65%) also had significant growth in their level of exports.
The main destinations for these products were Russia, 128,877 tons; Brazil, 74,360 tons; US 64,273 tons; Paraguay, 48,398 tons; Italy, 45,534 tons; and the Netherlands, 37,575 tons.
Finally, vegetable exports grew 15%, going from 275,270 tons in 2019 to 317,214 tons.
The main destinations for these products were: Brazil, 218,891 tons; Paraguay, 77,376 tons; US 5,218 tons; Great Britain, 3,635 tons and Holland, 2,868 tons, being the most exported items: onion, garlic, potato and tomato.