Uruguay: Northern coastline growers optimistic

According to Eduardo Tenca, delegate for the Uruguay's northern producers in the National Farmers' Bond (Junagra) and coordinator for Rural Development of the Region of Salto, agricultural producers from Uruguay's northern coastline regions are feeling optimistic.

Tenca stated that the main factors contributing to this are: good weather, prices generally allowing for a good profitability, interesting production volumes and quality, and adequate levels of consumer demand.

The delegate also stated that "work at Junagra is being carried out successfully," referring to important endeavours for the sector's producers currently in development. Progress is being made in spreading the use of insurances in partnership with the National Insurance Bank, and Sancor proposed the promotion of irrigation technologies via public subsidies and contributions from the private sector.

"We are living a good time, as those who managed to produce will have room for manoeuvre with most items, although it is worth noting that, due to the good weather, the southern production will also enter the market in a few weeks, and thus prices could fall," explained Tenca.

In this context, consumers will have access to great quality goods, available in large amounts at stable prices that will tend to fall, depending on the item.

"This is a spectacular year for strawberries; the acreage for Morron peppers has been reduced, as last year's prices didn't cover the costs; the tomato acreage has increased; and onion prices could drop, as there is greater supply," informed Tenca.

Source: El Observador

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