Blueberry Harvest Update Argentina – July 2016
The blueberry bushes are in full bloom now showing signs of an excellent crop ahead of us. These high bush cultivated blueberries will be harvested for freezing in September this year. The varieties we inspected in the Tucuman province of Argentina include Misty, Star, Jewel, Blue Crisp and Rebel with an expected output of 750 tonnes from this particular farm, which includes some organic blueberries as well.
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Blueberry farmers in the region have a lot going for them with a specialist technical team working in the region, provided by the Blueberry Growers Association, to help farmers ensure a healthy crop is harvested, free of fruit fly damage, which over the past years have migrated from the citrus plantations to the blueberry plantations.
Also work is underway at the Tucuman airport to double the capacity of airfreight from that airport, with work scheduled to be completed in time for this harvest of fresh bluebrries. This will benefit the blueberry growers in the region tremendously and is another sign that Argentina is becoming a much larger player in the supply of grain, seeds and fruit to the world.