The most affected area includes 12 departments in the province of Chaco (12 de Octubre, 2 de Abril, 9 de Julio, Almirante Brown, Chacabuco, Fray Justo Sta. Ma. Oro, Gral. Belgrano, Independencia, M Luis J. Fontana, O'Higgins, San Fernando, San Lorenzo y Tapenagá), 5 departments in northern Santa Fe (9 de Julio, Gral. Obligado, San Javier, San Justo y Vera) and 6 departments in northeastern Santiago del Estero (Aguirre, Alberdi, Belgrano, Gral. Taboada, Juan F. Ibarra y Moreno). The area is located in northeastern Argentina, as the map shows.
The affected area covers about 160,000 km2, 23 departments in three different provinces with a population of over one million people. The rain caused extensive floods that interrupted all fieldwork in the area, cutting yields, stressing the cattle and in some cases, causing total crop and cattle losses. What is the importance of the region's production at a national level?