The highest quality at the right time.

We produce pecan varieties of the same quality as that of the largest global exporters, and we have the advantage of off-season production with respect to the Northern Hemisphere.

The good weather, the suitable soils, and the abundance of water to irrigate new forests translate into the production of larger nuts, something that makes us very competitive.

Background and Purpose

The Argentina Pecan Council gathers the two pecan related associations, the Argentine Chamber of Pecan Producers and the Cluster del Pecán, which involve more than 200 growers and other players of the pecan value chain.

Argentina began its export activity in 2010, and has reached 600ton in 2019, a figure that has been doubling in the last 3 years.

200
Associated members
800
Nationwide growers
600
Total exported tons in 2019
10,000
Planted hectares

Why choosing Argentine pecan nuts?

Comparative advantages

  • Ideal ecosystem for pecan nut production. Off-season production with respect to the Northern Hemisphere (April, May and June).
  • Large plantable lands suitable for pecan farming (1,500,000 Km2).
  • Perfect adaptability of varieties used in the USA with the genetics of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Water reserve from a large underground aquifer with excellent irrigation quality.
  • Varied ecosystems at different latitudes allow for early and late harvesting.

Competitive advantages

  • Shipment of pecan crops in June, July and August.
  • Nut quality standard based on USDA and SAGARPA (Mexico) regulations.
  • Production of 36 varieties grafted using USDA genetic material.
  • Little use of phytosanitary products for being a novel and very scattered crop in Argentine.
  • Support from the Argentine Government through globally renowned technical organizations.
  • Associated producers export their crops jointly.
  • Young trees of modern grafted varieties which produce large nuts.

Our commercial varieties

At present, Argentina offers 36 pecan cultivars, which makes us one of the largest germplasm banks in the world, only behind the United States.

Origin

The genetic material of plants comes from the Germplasm Bank of INTA ProPecan, a government entity which owns 36 cultivars. Most of these come, in turn, from the Pecan Breeding and Genetics Program developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Commercial production develops from the grafted varieties officially registered with the Argentine Seed Institute (INASE, for its Spanish acronym)


INTA

The Argentine Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA, for its Spanish acronym) is a decentralized public entity created in 1956, devoted to spreading knowledge and developing technologies for producers to realize their full potential.

Its role in pecan production consists in researching and disseminating documents on this crop.

Our environment

Argentina has ideal ecosystems for pecan nut harvesting, as well as large areas suitable for off-season production with respect to the Northern Hemisphere. Northern Hemisphere latitudes between 35o and 25o North match exactly those between 25o and 35o South in the Southern Hemisphere.

Quality that measures up to the world’s standards

Our crops are of the same quality as that of large international producers, since our pecans are harvested under the same standards and requirements.

Nature, water and soil quality, and the work of specialized personnel have created a competitive agribusiness, where producers, suppliers and service providers, processing companies and exporters contributing all to the continual improvement of pecan production form a sustainable value chain.

Good agricultural practices

As for good agricultural practices (GAP), the Argentine legal framework includes three resolutions issued by the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (SAGPyA, for its Spanish acronym) and the Argentine Agrifood Quality and Safety Service (SENASA), which establish requirements related to personnel training and the documentation necessary for the entire production process.

World standards applied to our product

Our priority is to deploy optimal technologies for the development of pecans and train specialized personnel in pecan nut growing.

These include water quality analysis, plant health care, pest control, spraying, pruning, drip irrigation or micro-sprinkling, fertilization and fertigation techniques, mechanical harvesting, logistics, and fruit drying and conditioning, among others.

Corporate social responsibility and environmental protection

Environmental protection is part of the core ideology of our production, and also allows us to keep our nut quality standards. Our corporate social responsibility prioritizes environmental protection and is present at every stage of any decision-making process, thus enabling the control of the phytosanitary methods and elements to be used in the harvest process, which are supervised by SENASA.

The importance of processing and classifying

We are in constant contact with the world’s primary producers and regulatory entities to maintain the highest crop conditioning and classification standards.

Safety and quality standards are issued by SENASA, the Argentine entity in charge of controlling all pecan-related production activities through Regulation No. 446/14.

The regulatory framework applicable in Argentina follows the rules in force in the United States and Mexico, and apply the same nut weight and size category standards during the key process of cleaning, drying, sizing, sorting out defective nuts and packing by size and variety.


The categories by nut count per kilogram, under the SENASA regulations, are as follows:

The sorting machine sorts nuts based on nut diameter.



Export

We are assisted by a specialized trading company which provides us with cold store services for pecan nut storage, container load systems, freight transportation services, satellite monitoring, and reception of shipment at destination.

Argentine meets all conditions to export in-shell and shelled certified varieties of pecan nuts. The INTA is developing a DNA-based identification and traceability system known as pecan biocoding.

Some of the commercial destinations of Argentine pecans are Algeria, the United States, Hong Kong, Italy, Vietnam, Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Germany.

Our productive capacity

Ten years of exports to different destinations have given us foreign trade expertise.

In 2019, 600 tons were exported for an amount of USD 2,500,000. In 2020, we expect to sell over 1000 tons of pecans. The volume harvested represents only 14% of all plantations, since the remaining 86% of the trees is not yet 10 years of age.

2018-2026 Pecan output export projections

Government support

The Argentine Government supports us through globally renowned technical organizations such as ProPecan, SENASA, INTA, the Federal Council of Dried Fruits and Nuts, and the Argentine Department of Agro-Industry.