Argentina: Entry of Brazilian potatoes causes concern

The National Federation of Potato Producers (Fenapp), which has been affected by the climate and other factors that may have undermined the crop’s development throughout the country, expressed its dissatisfaction with the arrival of Brazilian potatoes at the Central Market. “We know there is a need for much more bilateral trade within the framework of regional integration and as a result of the creation of a common market such as Mercosur,” said the Vice President of  Fenapp, Mario Raiteri. “We could understand these imports if there was a decrease in supply of potatoes that led to a disproportionate increase in the price of food for the people of Argentina, but there is no such thing going on,” the leader added. The potato sector has been going through complex situations, such as climate issues, the high cost of inputs, and dollar inflation. “In addition, we have high employer contributions, expensive freight and its powerful impact on production areas far from large urban centers,” Raiteri stated. More