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Argentina: Drought puts yerba mate production in check

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Updated Mar 16, 2022
Colonia Liebig, Corrientes, Argentina, 11 Mar 2022 (AFP) - In Colonia Liebig, northeastern Argentina, its more than 4,000 inhabitants depend on the yerba mate agricultural cooperative founded a century ago by German settlers, but the drought killed their yerbal plantations. and after breaking production records in 2021 a crash is looming. "The plants are withered, 60% are dead, the losses are millions and we continue to fall, we still haven't bottomed out.
Colonia Liebig, Corrientes, Argentina, 11 Mar 2022 (AFP) - In Colonia Liebig, northeastern Argentina, its more than 4,000 inhabitants depend on the yerba mate agricultural cooperative founded a century ago by German settlers, but the drought killed their yerbal plantations. and after breaking production records in 2021, a crash is looming. "The plants are withered, 60% are dead, the losses are in the millions and we continue to fall, we still haven't hit rock bottom. The situation is a total disaster," Orlando Stvass, vice president of the Liebig Agricultural Cooperative, producer of the Playadito brand, leader in sales in the South American country. In the yerbales of Colonia Liebig the plants, usually deep green, are a brown sea of dry bushes. "They burned like in an oven," says agronomist Alberto Müller as he tours the plantation to measure the damage. Liebig, in the north of Corrientes, forms, together with the province of Misiones, the only Argentine region suitable for the ...

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