He Ministry of Social Development of the Nation will allocate $500 million to assist some 4,000 family wine producers of up to 10 hectares that have suffered losses due to climatic contingencies. This was reported this Friday by the Argentine Wine Corporation (coviar).
The money will be managed by Coviar through the Viticultural Development Centers (CDV) in alliance with the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) at the country level. He National Institute of Viticulture (INV) will be in charge of controlling the surface area of the affected vineyards.
The benefited producers must work under a family structure in Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja, Salta, Rio Negro and Neuquén; and who have suffered losses due to climatic contingencies and are in a situation of social vulnerability. The aid will be delivered as Non-Reimbursable Contributions (ANR) from among $80 thousand and $160 thousand, depending on the damage suffered and the number of hectares affected.
The money should be allocated to cover the cost of pruning and fertilizing tasks, ensuring compliance through technical assistance and monitoring of technicians from Coviar and INTA, through the CDV of the different wine-growing areas of the country. For a producer who reaches the maximum benefit amount of $160 thousand, this contribution It will allow you to cover the expenses of five hectares of your vineyardthus managing to rebuild its productive structure affected by the climatic contingencies suffered, estimated the public-private entity.
With the presence of the Minister of Social Development, Victoria Toulouse Peacethe president of the INV, Martin Hinojosaand the president of Coviar, mario gonzalez, the signing of the cooperation agreement for the delivery of non-reimbursable contributions was held at the Mendoza Enoteca. “We want to reach small producers directly and we intend to continue working with Coviar to bring assistance and support to all winegrowers; because if a producer abandons the activity, Argentina loses productive capacity,” said Tolosa Paz.
According to Tolosa Paz, “Social development is one that enhances the generation of work and that strengthens the capacities of our productive community”. “We want Argentine viticulture not to stop because it is essential for the generation of wealth and foreign currency, and also promotes employment and roots in many provinces of the country,” the minister completed.
“For the primary sector, which has suffered a lot this year from severe frosts and hail, this aid is a very important incentive,” added González, who highlighted the strategic role that CDVs will have. For his part, Hinojosa stated: “The reality of the 2023 harvest commits us, today more than ever, to being close and accompanying all Argentine producers. Producers are the engine of economic development.” Faced with climatic contingencies, many producers were strongly affected, placing them in a vulnerable condition as their income was restricted. For this reason, Hinojosa completed“we understand the importance of generating joint actions for small producers”.