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Argentina 2019 Harvest
Feb 05, 2019

As for processing, the Ministry of Industry pointed out that the main processing site in the region of San Juan – the La Campagnola plant (Arcor group) – has increased its capacity this year, while capacity has been decreased in the Rio Negro. In 2019, the company is starting up some new production lines and is expected to process 110 000 mT, compared to 86 000 mT last year. Mr. Lucero added that approximately 10 000 mT grown in the Mendoza region would also be processed. "With a regional harvest of approximately 200 000 tonnes, this plant alone will be responsible for half of local production," mentioned Mr. Lucero. Regional press sources have explained that the price paid to growers is to be definitively fixed at the end of the season. Growers have stated that their starting point is last year's closing price, which was 1.93 Argentinian pesos per kilo (EUR 45 /mT or USD 51 /mT). "But we are all hoping that this year, processors will increase the price and take account of the rising costs resulting from devaluation," they added.