Buenos Aires, July 10th. Argentina has not a great pulses growing culture, except for beans, as the country already has in the case of grains and oilseeds. But in the last years, some changes had made. The export of chickpeas jumped from 64K tons in 2015 to 167K in 2017; despite it back to 140K in 2018, this volume is still far from the starting point. In the case of peas, from 69K tons exported in 2015, it dropped to 61K tons in 2018, after it had reached 94K in 2016.  Finally, exports of black beans dropped from 172K tons in 2015 to 142K last year.

In the first half of this year, things go not so good. According to the data of the Statistics and Census National Institute (INDEC), from January to May, chickpeas exports dropped from 93K to 44K tons, while peas ones dropped from 32K to 22K tons. Just black beans ones moderately grew from 40K to 44K this year.

But, who are leading the pulses exports this year? From eFarmNewsAr we consulted the Agro-Industry database to know it. In the case of the chickpeas, in the first half of the year, AgroIndustry secretariat granted export permissions by 48,490 tons. Desdelsur SA was the largest recipient with 4,716 tons, followed by Primore SRL with 4,645 tons.

Based at Tartagal (Salta province), Desdelsur SA was founded in 1987 by José Macera, and today owns 56,000 hectares, half of them dedicated to the crops and livestock production, and it also owns a logistic center at Zarate port, in the Buenos Aires province. They define themselves as the “largest Argentinian legumes exporter”.

In the case of the peas, between January to June, the Government give export permissions by 25,790 tons. The largest recipient was Ronalb SRL, with 5,509 tons, followed by Argentinian Federated Farmers (AFA), a farm cooperative, with 3,192 tons. Ronalb is a family-owned and operated company, based in Santa Fe province. They produce and commercialize diverse pulses and special crops like popcorn or confectionery sunflower.

The chart of the first five top exporters, below:

Finally, in the case of beans (unfortunately, Agro-Industry database does not discriminate between type fo bean) Agroworld Argentina SA is leading the export permissions (9,791 tons), followed by Agsof SA (7,647 tons). Founded in 1996, the first one is based at Tucuman province, the “entrance door” of the Argentine Northwest, and it is one of the largest suppliers of black beans to Brazil. Agsof is a company based at Salta province, managed by Medina family.

The first top exporters of beans are the following: