Buenos Aires, November 5th. One of the most valuable things carried out by the Government during those last four years was the fight to the informal or illegal commercialization. In the case of the wheat, since April 2019 it is mandatory for wheat millers to install electronic devices that count the wheat processed, sending this information to the officials in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
This simple measure added to better inspection controls in the plants allowed that wheat milling declarations rose 9% interannually, reaching 4.5 million metric tons from January to September. In fact, the big difference started when electronic milling controllers were mandatory for the industry, i.e., since April 15th.
The graph that illustrates this article, elaborated by RIA Consultores, shows an increase of 10% during May, 22% in June, 19% in July, 9 in August and 17% in September. According to sources in the wheat milling industry, around one million tons of wheat were commercialized in the illegal market in the past years.
Argentina produces near to 20 MMT of wheat, 6 MMT of them is bought by the milling industry to transform the grain into flour. The highest milling volume was obtained in 2011 with 6,4 MMT. It is probable that the year ended with 6 MMT milled, versus 5.4 MMT in 2018.
Inspectors from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries have closed milling plants due to the finding of non-declared wheat in its facilities or flour in non-sanitary conditions.