New food processing plant: nothing is lost, everything is transformed | Within the framework of the eighth Provincial Board of Family Agriculture

“Argentina was born towards the world economy as a food exporter, but having favorable natural conditions is not enough, neither for there to be a lot of production, nor for it to favor the people. It is not enough to simply have wealth, you have to see how it is used, who enjoys it and how it is enjoyed”. The idea expressed by Governor Axel Kicillof during the start-up of a new food processing plant is part of one of the main macro concepts that he has been using when talking about the possibilities of growth for the country.

Within the framework of the eighth Provincial Board of Family Agriculture, the governor led the inauguration of a processing plant at the Gorina Experimental Station. The Minister of Agrarian Development, Javier Rodríguez, the Undersecretary of Agrarian Development and Food Quality, Cristian Amarilla, and the Undersecretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Carla Seain, were also there.

“When one internalizes, he learns a lot about what can be done and everything that was not done hurts him,” lamented the provincial president.

The Gorina room emerges as a way of responding to a historical and recurring demand from the horticultural belt of the greater La Plata, which discards production surpluses when production prices are very low. This leads to the decision not to harvest or to sell off that production due to the great fluctuations in prices. The room provides the opportunity to take said surplus of perishable products and add value by transforming it into a product that is no longer perishable. That is to say: in the case of tomato, for example, it can be turned into a sauce, into a crushed tomato, made into a jam, pickled, preserved, or dehydrated.

The room has a tomato crusher, a pulper for all types of fruit, a slicer and cutter, and an industrial hand blender. In addition, it has an open pan, a scalder, a dehydrating oven, a double boiler for industrial sterilization, an industrial burner of 24,000 kcal/h and two refrigerating chambers for the correct conservation of the food to be processed.

The province estimates that in the first stage production will begin with a demand of 2,000 kilos per month of strawberry jam and 9,000 of crushed tomato. The products will be marketed under each producer’s own brand or under the Mucho Gusto – Sabores Bonaerenses provincial brand and may be sold at fairs and stalls of the Buenos Aires Markets program.

“The fertility of our land makes us exceptional on the planet, family farming and different associative forms are fundamental. We want work, we want production and consumption. These are the productive forms that ensure a fairer model. We invest and expand the farms because it is a model that works. Producers can continue to count on us because this is a State that is at the service of the needs of production, work and the people,” said Kicillof in one of the most fiery passages of his message on Friday.

For his part, the Minister of Agrarian Development Javier Rodríguez highlighted the importance of having the presence of producers as references for the different family farming organizations. “The different tables and the various workshops allow us to discuss the public policies we need. When we started the management, in the experimental farm of Gorina we did not have a truck to move the inputs and products. The conditions for production were very poor, the workers have put in the effort when past policies were totally contrary to promoting innovation and development,” he said.

Seeking to expand from mere primary production, Rodríguez assured that the new plant seeks industrialization through various processes, such as crushing and drying. “We seek to promote family farming as a strategic and comprehensive program, covering production and its problems, addressing technical, marketing, financing and regulatory issues,” he highlighted.

in dialogue with Buenos Aires/12the provincial director of Family Farming, Ezequiel Wainer, explained that the new room “has all the necessary establishment and product records. The producers who bring the merchandise will obtain not only the elaborated producer but will also have the labeling of a Room of Added Value enabled, allowing the formal marketing markets to pass through” he stressed.

“This means that an overproduction is transformed into a product that is no longer perishable, since what is produced has a year to sell. This allows many of the organizations that bring together family farmers to have a different income, which in turn They have different sales channels, having the possibility of selling the vegetables and, in turn, what is prepared in the room,” said the official.

The room also joins the plants of the Gowland-Mercedes and Barrow-Tres Arroyos Stations, becoming the third in the system of Farms and Experimental Stations of the Ministry of Agrarian Development. It is the result of an investment of $38.5 million and will allow adding value to the raw material of the most important horticultural belt in the country, reducing price variations for the benefit of producers, and providing training and greater scientific-technological development linked to production. food.

Wainer also referred to the new meeting of the Provincial Committee on Family Agriculture, during which they worked on the handling of agrochemicals, good horticultural practices, Buenos Aires markets, the production of seeds, biopreparations and trials, financing lines for producers and articulation between the water authority of the province, to provide registration and regulation of water wells in productive properties.

The provincial official places special emphasis on this last point due to a reality in which producers from La Plata suffer real estate pressure that drives them from the territories, taking them to areas where they do not have services. “This generates a bid between the different actors that make up the system. It becomes a domino effect due to the diverse interests of each one. Giving a regulatory framework to water wells allows a healthy coexistence between the corresponding environmental care,” Wainer said.

New food processing plant: nothing is lost, everything is transformed | Within the framework of the eighth Provincial Board of Family Agriculture