Argentina: producer of premium extra virgin olive oils in South America – Nach Welt

The Argentine Republic is the largest olive oil producer in the southern hemisphere as its annual production is between 30 and 40,000 tons of the highest quality oil.

Less than a fifth of this is used for domestic consumption, the rest is exported to very demanding markets. Currently, the olive oil agro-industry is one of the activities with the highest growth potential in Argentina.

The main advantage Argentina has in terms of olive cultivation for the production of high quality extra virgin olive oil is that there are large plantations of the corresponding varieties, with industrial operations in the immediate vicinity of the plantations. This makes it possible to obtain oil in the shortest possible time after the fruits have been harvested from the tree, a decisive factor for the quality of the product obtained.

Therefore, there are integrated and controlled processes at every stage that guarantee more efficient extraction in order to obtain a unique oil of the highest quality.

In addition, the weather in Argentina is suitable for growing olives and the country has adequate land, water and nutrients. These areas are characterized by a significant amount of sunlight for most of the year (e.g., San Juan Province in Cuyo). This is a crucial factor in increasing the productivity of any plant, as as many leaves as possible should receive a large amount of sunlight in order to get the greatest amount of sunlight possible.

In terms of the production phase, Argentina has a growing number of plantations that employ new intensive or super-intensive agronomic models, cultivation systems for optimized harvesting performance, mechanization systems to reduce labor requirements, and water and nutrient efficient systems. This solves many of the problems farmers have faced in traditional agriculture and results in more efficient and sustainable crops.

These newly introduced systems enable workers to take on more specialized tasks through ongoing training in the use of new technologies. Features of this system include more plants per hectare compared to a traditional olive grove (1,400-2,100 plants per hectare) and fully mechanized harvesting and pruning.

This brings some advantages, such as higher productivity per unit of land, and also leads to a reduction in agricultural labor, early entry of crops into the production phase, and the production of high quality oil.

Finally, another major advantage of Argentine olive oil is that, since it comes from the southern hemisphere, we can always offer seasonally freshly produced oil to supply the markets and meet the needs of the northern hemisphere.

The North American market is therefore a priority due to its need for extra virgin oil, the quality of which is becoming more and more recognized worldwide.

This sponsored article was written by the Argentine Consulate in New York with the assistance of José Chediack. For more information, please contact the consulate.

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