It was in the first three quarters of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, the Argentine Ministry of Agroindustry reported during the Agricultural Perspectives Conference at the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange.
Agroindustry Minister Ricardo Buryaile underlined the strategic importance of strengthening the Argentine participation in Mercosur, having reference prices and protecting the formal trade, objectives that will pass through the newly created Undersecretary of Agricultural Commercial Control.
The national government is working to strengthen agricultural production and trade, Buryaile said. He then reaffirmed President Mauricio Macri's commitment that Argentina is to occupy the place it neglected for a long time.
Buryaile also pointed out that in the first nine months of 2016 the exported agroindustrial volume went up 25% in the interannual measurement, which compensated for the fall in international prices and allowed a net growth of 6% in return.
Agriculture Undersecretary Luis Urriza said that today we have a completely different scenario thanks to the measures implemented by the Government, which translate into the rural sector doing what it knows how to do, which is to produce. The wheat and corn planting area is now about 3 percent larger and that for the 2016/2017 cycle the overall grain crop is expected to reach a record 130 million tons.