Macri says farming, agricultural exports key to Argentine economy
BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Argentine President Mauricio Macri said on Saturday that farming and agricultural exports play a key role in the national economy.
During the inauguration of the 133rd Palermo Rural Exhibition here, Macri said that export is at the center of the country's activities and that farmers are "the main protagonists of this economic recovery."
"Last year, (farmers) went through the worst drought in the last 50 years, (and in 2019) they achieved a bumper crop. Additionally, exports of beef, pork and dairy products grew, and all those sectors created jobs," Macri said.
The 2018-2019 harvest cycle is expected to yield 147 million tons of grain, according to an estimate by the Ministry of Agribusiness.
In 2018, exports of soybean, wheat and corn generated 21.327 billion U.S. dollars and accounted for 35 percent of total Argentina exports, according to official data.