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Global agribusiness giant Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has opened its first grains and oilseeds warehouse in northwestern Argentina, World Grain reported.

The new site in Río del Valle, Salta province, was expected to streamline logistics for local farmers by facilitating rail transport of their harvest to the country’s main port complexes, the 7 July report said.

With a static capacity of 2,000 tonnes in silos and additional storage capacity of 70,000 tonnes in silo bags, the new facility will be able to receive and condition different grains and oilseeds throughout the year, according to the report.

The facility’s rail connection to the Belgrano Norte line would facilitate the transport of locally-sourced products to agro-industrial and port complexes in Gran Rosario, Santa Fe province, World Grain wrote.

When LDC initially announced the purchase of the warehouse facility last November, the company said the site would feature a dust collection system, expanded internal grain transportation processes and construction of a train loading silo and truck unloading area, along with other improvements.

“This acquisition represents an important milestone for LDC’s growth strategy in Argentina, especially in the north, where investments began in 2021 with the expansion works and rail network construction for our Campo Largo warehouse in Chaco province,” Daniel Giuliano, warehouse manager, South and West Latam, for LDC, was quoted as saying at the time of the purchase.

“The new Río del Valle warehouse will allow us to originate in a region with enormous potential to produce large volumes of corn and high-quality soyabeans in terms of protein and lipid content.”

Active in Argentina for more than 120 years, the Netherlands-based company operates two agro-industrial facilities in General Lagos and Timbúes and a port complex in Bahía Blanca, according to the report.

It also has commercial offices, grains and oilseeds warehouses and a cotton ginning plant in 24 locations across the country’s main agricultural regions.