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)