Because of the delay in harvesting, which has resulted in fruit that does not have export quality and has no place in the domestic market, because the processing industries are in full capacity,
Tukuman began to throw hundreds of tons of lemons.
The province, the most important in lemon, produces 1.5 million tons of fruit, and is estimated to end up with at least 10 percent of that production, which is 150,000 tons of fruit. In the area of Las Talitas, for example, there is fruit poured into empty lots. The same happens in other regions according to the producers' history.
Between November and March, more than 2,000 millimeters were recorded in the province, well above 1200-1000mm, which is usually found at this time. With so many precipitations, all the tasks related to the harvest stopped. 90% of the collection is in the province between April and September.
Not only the climate issue, but the stopover more than 15 days from transporters last April. Among the climatic issue and unemployment, the fashion was delayed a month, roughly, and today it is not just goods that are removed because it does not serve export, but because the industries do not get it.
"I have 25% of the harvest, when this time it should be 60%," he says
THE NATION Diana chediac, lemon producer of Burroyaku, Tukuman. "The fruit is full of color, too, and ripeness," he explains. He pointed out that 12 years ago there was no crisis like the current one.
These tales: urban stones, clandestine dump, and hundreds of tons of lemons. Fruit from work and export to the province of Tukuman. A shame I share some photos.
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June 14, 2019
"The quality has fallen with the rainy days and we have the unemployment rate last April, the fruit for export has lowered its quality and the industry does not have the ability to process all together," he added. He explains that it is also looking to send the lemon to the domestic market fresh but the place is on offer.
While there are producers pulling the fruit they pick, others are trying to leave it at the factory waiting for it to fall on its own. There are truck drivers who do not want to load because, as he explains, because of the large amount of goods they would have to wait between five and seven days on an industrial shore to be able to remove the product. In addition, there are industries that are currently processing their own production.
Of the 1,500 tons produced in Tucum, 35 percent is usually exported and the rest is left in the domestic market and for industrialization and fresh consumption. According to Chediq, exports are down to 20% of the normal percentage.
In this context, he pointed out that it was estimated that some 150,000 tons would end up being discarded because of the inconvenience. "The 10-15% will be lost," the producer said with resignation.
According to the producer, many producers are expecting that the industry will be able to reactivate its own production once the companies have completed their business.
In the industry, one source admitted that there is more fruit to be industrialized, but the industry does not have the capacity to do so.
Chedak complained about the impact on prices. "The historical value of this is $ 100. It's $ 300 in 2017, $ 140 last year and now $ 80," the producer said.