Argentina: Greenhouse tomato harvest kicks off

Even though the production suffered slight delays as a result of the weather, the harvest in Argentina is now officially underway. Consumers in La Plata were paying up to 45 pesos (7.45 dollars) per kilo of tomatoes. With the local production now finally arriving to the greengrocers, prices are logically expected to drop. The price per kilo at the moment stands at approximately 17 pesos (2.82 dollars).

The president of the Association of Horticultural Producers from Gran La Plata, Alberto Pate, pointed out that there are around 50 growers in the areas of Olmos and Varela already harvesting, who produce approximately 3,000 20 kilo boxes of tomatoes per day."

Over the past few weeks, local growers have been selling those 20 kilo boxes at 150 pesos (24.85 dollars); that is, 7.50 pesos (1.24 dollars) per kilo. Once in the market, consumers have been paying around 17 pesos (2.82 dollars) per kilo on average.

Pate stated that "it is also not good for prices at origin to drop too much given the increase in supply, because otherwise the difference will be paid for by consumers in the long run, leading to excessive values, as it has often happened in the past."


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