Argentine Organic Chickpeas

Argentina’s organic production has the highest levels of quality, ranking second place worldwide with more than 3.2 million organic certified hectares. In the first 5 months of this year, US$ 41 million worth of dried shelled chickpeas have been separated for sowing, compared to the US$ 23 million in the same period last year. Chickpeas are an item that has been growing at rates of more than 10 percent per year and that has enormous opportunities, since the global demand on the rise.

Argentina ranks 7th worldwide in the chickpea market, its advantages for its organic production is its fertile soils, water availability, and a variety of regional economies that can become organic. Also opposite seasons to buyer countries means Argentina can provide them with products they can’t produce.   Organic activity is regulated by law and certification is mandatory before any product can be called such. Obtaining a certificate takes a minimum of two to three years and can be expensive. But growing international demand makes it worthwhile and profitable.

The Chamber of Pulses of the Argentine Republic celebrated the opening of new tariff items, a measure that will also favor foreign trade in chickpeas. The importance of being able to distinguish from now on, the categories of peas and chickpeas, is to exports make more transparent, correctly segmented according to variety, quality and prices, which will allow us to improve commercial efficiency. It will be possible to differentiate the different sizes of chickpeas that Argentina exports, distinguishing their sizes and qualities.

In 2019, more than 100,000 tons of chickpeas, (over 50 million dollars) were exported to 55 countries. The production for 2020 is estimated at 120 thousand tons, with over 80% going towards exports. Most of the production and industrialization is done in Córdoba. In Cordoba the sowing of the 37,500 hectares estimated for the 20/21 campaign has already finished, the general condition is very good.

In Tucuman, the weather conditions that have characterized the first half of 2020 with a marked water shortage, and has not favored the planting of winter crops. Despite this, many Tucuman producers have chosen to bet on these crops.

Regarding pests, the specialist explained that at this time of year, given the low temperature environmental conditions, chickpea cultivation does not show major problems. In any case, preventive monitoring is being carried out in case pests should appear.

Tradelink can offer Organic Chickpeas direct from the Argentine farms. To ensure our products stand up to your requirements, we don’t take anything for granted.  Each lot is inspected and analysed by a reputable third party laboratory to ensure the product matches or exceeds the specifications agreed to.

Each one of our orders are tracked by our operations staff and weekly updates are sent to our client with information on the progress of the order, shipping information and any issues we foresee, such as delays in the shipping channels or ports. We guarantee full traceability of its products entirely complying with your demands. Please email for more information!



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