Data on the organic sector in Argentina

Source: Senasa


Senasa (Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria – the Argentinian National Service for Health and Food Quality) has published information on organic agriculture for 2013 (in Spanish). Some of the major findings include:

The main destinations for organic products from Argentina are the USA and the EU. Exports to the USA increased by 22%. Total exports of organics grew by 6%, mainly due to organic fruit. Exports of processed organics fell by 20%. Exports of animal products increased by 6%, mainly because of organic wool. Domestic consumption still plays a minor role in Argentina.

Land dedicated to animal production decreased from about 3.3 million hectares to about 3 million hectares. The harvested organic area amounted to over 65,000 hectares in 2013, up from close to 60,000 hectares in 2012. Production units decreased by 10%. More information (in Spanish) is available here.



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Dr. C. K. George wrote at 22.05.2014 14:04:32
Subject: Organic Agriculture in Argentina

As I understand Argentina did not practice chemical farming widely. So it may be easy for the farmers to switch over to organic farming after understanding principles and practices of organic farming. As indicated fruits are the mainstay. I wish fast spread of organic farming in Argentina.

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Mariana del Pino wrote at 22.05.2014 17:55:13
Subject: to respond Dr. George CK

George: I don´t know where are you from, but I´m Argentina and I tell you that chemical farmins is very strong, heavy, usefull and very and is widespread in all agricultural activities.It is also much more severe in horticulture, to which I will dedicate especially since products are used and even banned in the country. But in extensive agriculture we are soybean producers in a very high level, so we use OGM (all....) and very high inputs, pesticides inclueded of course....... It's really a myth the idea that we use in our low-input agriculture ........ maybe it fewer animals in feed lot in relation to other countries, that it can be real. But que organic leavestock have really a lot of problems to sell thier meat as organic too.... Well, good bye. Just to comment ...

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Dr, C.K. George wrote at 23.05.2014 15:00:58
Subject: Maiana del Pino's response

Thanks for the information. I am from the southernmost State of India and have been actively involved in organic production of horticultural crops particularly, tropical spices. If your farmers depend upon chemicals heavily for farming, the land, the environment and the health of all living beings will be damaged sooner or later. So it is encouraging to note that some efforts are being made now for promotion of organic farming in your country.

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