Argentina – important producer of oilseeds and cereals

Argentina is known as one of the most important grain and oilseed producers in the world. The country produces and exports cereals like rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, and oats, as well as oilseeds like soybeans, sunflower, flax, safflower and peanuts. The products are mainly cultivated in the province of Buenos Aires (52 %), followed by Entre Rios (20 %) and Río Negro, which has significantly increased its production. “In recent years, the growing area of rice and sunflower seeds has increased, while the area of oilseeds remained almost unchanged”, Martin Brusco, export manager at Greemt states. (Graph: Organic area in Argentina 1995 – 2009. Source: Greemt / SENASA – National Directorate for Food Safety and Quality)

The largest growing area for cereals in 2009 was dedicated to baking wheat (44 %), which was shared between the provinces of Buenos Aires and Río Negro, followed by Entre Rios with 24 % of the harvested area for rice cultivation. In 2009, the main organic growing area of oilseeds was dedicated to soybeans (46 %) and sunflowers(31 %), which were mostly cultivated in Buenos Aires.

“We can confirm the European Union as the main destination for exports of organic products of vegetable origin. The United States remain the second most important destination,where the market share and volume have increase for imports from Argentina; and finally the third biggest market for Argentinean organic products is Switzerland”, Gonzalo Avila, North American Manager at Greemt states. The volume of exports to other countries not mentioned – especially to Japan – has increased by 69 % annually. (Graph: Cereals and oilseeds exports of Argentina 2001 – 2008. Source: Greemt / SENASA)

Organic seeds have innumerable nutritional and health benefits for the human immune system. Sunflower and flax seeds serve as a nutritious snack, can be extracted as oil for cooking purposes or can be added to meals to obtain texture and flavor. They are the rich in potassium, magnesium, proteins, phosphorus and iron; have cholesterol lowering properties; help against skin problems; and are a rich source of thiamin and  niacin.

Livestock surface (ha)


Harvested organic surface (ha)


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About greemtorganics

Greemt is a global company specialized in the international trade of organic products. We work with producers from Argentina and Spain, who are fully certified organic according to international standards and are willing or are already exporting. Our differentiating factor is the dual physical presence in Argentina and in Europe, allowing us to be in direct contact with producers and potential worldwide buyers to drive the organic market. Our main objective is to provide quality and safety in organic products, facilitate commercial flow and establish solid relationships between organic producers and buyers, in order to generate business with high revenue.
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