Ag Around the World, Holly Spangler's 30 Day Blog Challenge

Triple C: Chile, Crops, and Circumstances

When agriculture is brought up in a topic of discussion, Chile is most likely not the first country that people think would be rich in farmland and agricultural productions. Chile is not known for growing tradition crops such as corn and soy beans, but the climate in Chile makes a great environment for growing fruit large amounts of fruit. The fruit grown in Chile consists of grapes, 1,575,000; apples, 1,165,000; peaches and nectarines, 310,000; pears, 350,000; oranges, 185,000; and lemons and limes, 110,000 (in tons).
Large amounts of the fruit grown in Chile are exported to other countries due the growing capabilities and the abundance of resources. As the fruit production increased over the past years, this provided seasonal employment for thousands of workers. Export agriculture has grown drastically due to the increase in traditional crops such as corn and soybeans.

 The soil developed in Chile is very rich in nutrients from the Andes Mountains and the volcanic activity. This greatly benefits the crop production and the quality of the fruit produced by this country.  The northern-central part of Chile has become largely involved in the production of milk based off of mainly confined animals. These animals are mainly fed lucerne and maize. The lucerne is used during the growth period of the cattle whereas the maize is made into silage which is fed to the cattle during the winter months.

Chile also has a high demand for their organic food products which is primarily exported to international countries. Growing agricultural products becomes very difficult when the idea of using pesticides is exempt. The first few years of growing organic produce was difficult for Chilean farmers but the quickly began to adapt to the growing circumstances. Once the local farmers noticed a decrease in domestic demand of organic produce, they strictly changed their production to export only.




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