When Argentina is discussed, it is usually in the context of its world class soccer team, its competitive agricultural beauty. On the contrary, after some recent research I discovered that something the public should begin to admire this country for is its ag industry. As a matter of fact, Argentina has developed into one of the greatest food producing and exporting countries of the world. Argentina’s principal commodities consist of cereal, sugar, fruit, wine, tea, grains, tobacco, and cotton.
Many believe that Argentina’s advanced mechanizations is the main contributor to the country’s reputation of competing at the forefront of the global agricultural industry. In fact, in 1998, an estimated 280,000 tractors and 50,000 harvester-threshers were in use. The primary farmland is located in the humidity of the Argentine pampas, because due to the region’s arable land it is the perfect fit for the country’s major products. On the contrary, citrus fruit, tobacco, cotton, and sugarcane production occurs most often outside of the humid climate of the pampas.
Argentina is the producer of over 75% of all of South America’s wheat. In fact, in 1999 the country was considered the world’s fifth largest wheat producer. While wheat and rice are the countries two most important crops, the production of fruit has been an increasing export since the mid-1900’s. The country is a major producer of bananas, and exports nearly 400,000 tons annually since the late 1900’s.