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National Institute of Agriculture and Livestock Technology

DAY 1

9 am
Departure from the Hotel to INTA: Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (National Institute of Agriculture and Livestock Technology). Welcoming speech.

9.30 am
Beginning of the activities. Introductory talk about the Institute, its activities, importance and way of working. Brief description of the agriculture and livestock activities in Argentina, during the past, present and future.
Tour through each laboratory and department: Genetics, Food, Rural Engineering, Climate, Pathobiology, Lands, Biotechnology, Veterinary Science, Experimental Dairy Farm, etc. Each of them will be described and specific orientation will be offered according to the interests of the tourists. INTA is one of the most important research centers in our country. Periodically, solutions to combat plagues, quality improvements and costs optimization are reached.

0.30/ 1 pm
Lunch (included drinks). Asado (barbecued meat) with all kind of salads, dessert and drinks will be served. The way in which our food is prepared, ingredients and traditions will be explained.

2.30/3 pm
We will continue our visit through the research centers and their facilities; we will observe tasks and innovations in this 700 Ha establishment. We may also find the field and research for the permanent development of our country as regards agriculture, cattle and healthy diet. Finally, before the return, a last meeting with professionals.

5 pm
Return to the hotel

DAY 2

8 am
Departure from the hotel. We will spend all day in a farm

10.30 am
Reception and welcoming toast with all kinds of homemade products. Meeting with the owners of the place. An introductory talk about the primary sector in Argentina focused on agriculture will be given to the presents.

11 am
Tour through an agriculture field under production: Cereals, Oleaginous Seeds, Fruits, Vegetables, etc.; depending on the visited place. Explanation of activities together with the circuits and ways of improving the production, etc.

1 pm
Back in the farmhouse, lunch will be served. Asado (barbecued meat) with salads. Included drinks: wine, soda, water and juice. The dessert is included. Native dances show.

3 pm
Tour through a field under production, 1,500 Ha. cultivated with Wheat and Soy. Pastures A, B, and C. As a general interest visit we will go to the stables with champion horses; considered as the best ones in Argentina. Technical explanation on the activities of the place and tour through the farmhouse.

7 pm
Traditional tea with pastelitos (small cakes filled with quince jelly or yam), fritters, Welsh cakes, pasta frola (lattice cake with quince jelly filling), etc.
Return to Buenos Aires before the end of the day. The timetable may change according to the passenger’s interests: the main idea is to make them feel the real rural life.
Return to the Hotel.


DAY 3

8 am
Visit to the Buenos Aires Fruit Horticulture Market, near General Paz Av.: it is the biggest market in the Argentine Republic. The possibility of buying without intermediaries, plentiful offers, good prices and quality, make businesspeople, buyers and tourists enthusiastic because they are interested in knowing about our agriculture. The Buenos Aires Central Market is the biggest concentration center of fruits, vegetables and fresh fishing products. Nearly 800 traders serve buyers and show the best of each crop. Everyday, 900 trucks arrive at the Market with first quality merchandise only. Since every premise is practically a market, there is a lot of competition and a great variety of products.
Prices are established in accordance to the law of supply and demand, which creates a very attractive competitive environment. The Market also offers a regional economies pavilion that permanently aims to the promotion of products from all the Argentinean provinces.
This allows us to know the country’s fruit and horticultural aspect in just one Market. Likewise, an inspection work of the fruits and vegetables is carried out. They are checked in a laboratory in charge of specialized analysis. This area is managed by an Agriculturist, who also is in charge of ensuring the SENASA rules imposed in the Central Market.
The SENASA is an acronym for the phrase: Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria, which means “National Service of Food and Agriculture Health and Quality”.
There are fruits and vegetables from all kind, class and size. There are also fishing products, cheeses, salami and lots of rural fruits that are directly sold to the market’s highest bidder.

11:30 pm
Lunch

2 pm
Finally, we will visit the Argentinean Corn Exchange. We will be able to appreciate the way in which Argentina (a privileged country in terms of grain production in an international level) manages the activity. It is the oldest entity of the country. It deals with the whole agricultural sector: agribusinesses, consumables, producers, stockpile workers, real state brokers, flour mills, oil industries and exporters that execute transactions in the Exchange. It approximately commercializes a loaded volume of 6,000,000 tons of grain; being the Corn Exchange of Buenos Aires the first link of the agricultural trade.
We start visiting the entity installments, witnessing the exciting transactions on the trading floor: buyer and seller companies shout at each other in order to close deals. These are immediately reflected in an electromagnetic board. The way in which the Exchange and the Mercado a Término (business and transactions company) actions and functions in the economy of Argentina as well as all over the world, will be explained. At the end of the visit, an internal institutional video of the Corn Exchange will be showed.
During the video, you will appreciate everything related to this activity, with useful images that help you understand the function and importance of the Agricultural Market of Argentina. This is the end of the tour.

  Duración: 3 days / 2 nights
  Observaciones: • INTA, laboratories, activities. • Lunch (included drinks and dessert) • Farm under production, activities • Welcoming toast • Lunch (included drinks and dessert) • Afternoon Snack • Fruits and Vegetables Central Market • Lunch (included drinks and dessert) • Argentina Corn Exchange • Informative Material • Technical Coordinator • Related professionals such as agriculturists and vets. • Bilingual guide
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