First shipment of organic lemons arrives in the European Union after a 20-year absence

Argentina has carried out its first shipment of organic citrus to the European Union for 20 years after the reopening of the market last May. The 60.5-tonne consignment of organic lemons, certified by plant health service Senasa, departed from the port of Buenos Aires and arrived in Europe this month.

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Welcoming the reopening of such an important market after two decades, Agriculture Secretary Juan José Bahillo said: “We have to continue boosting exports, because they are a source of foreign currency, employment and roots for the entire country”.

Bahillo continued: “Organic production must meet the conditions set out under current regulations: it must be sustainable from an environmental point of view, preserve the health of the soil, air and water, not use chemical inputs and carry out agronomic practices such as soil rotation, use of waste from the farm itself etc”.

Argentina currently has 3,342ha of organic citrus production. Between 2001 and 2003, Senasa certified 2,500 tonnes of fresh organic citrus – mainly oranges and lemons – for shipment to the EU.