Mexico diversifies from the US, Michoacán managed to export 52 thousand tons of avocado to the most demanding country in the world; Japan.
The foregoing was written by Antonio Guzmán Castañeda, delegate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Michoacán; who announced that thanks to investments in health and safety and the constant work of producers and avocado packers in Michoacán, they have managed to successfully enter Japan market.
On the other hand, avocados from the state indicated that these exports to Japan have been achieved with much effort and that they expect that in the next three years, it will be possible to export 100 thousand tons of the fruit to Japan; It was also made known to Antonio Guzmán Castañeda, delegate of SAGARPA and Ramón Cano Vega, head of the Ministry of Rural Development of the State Government, that the avocado export of the current season, from July 2012 to July of this year, would be closing at 800 thousand tons, leaving an approximate economic benefit of 1.4 billion dollars.
However, they recognized that there is a lot of work to be done since it is required to certify around 53 thousand hectares more; since there are only 24,000 hectares qualified for export; if we do not take care of health and safety, they said, our exports could be at risk.
They emphasized that in Michoacán a lot of money has been invested in health and safety; Therefore, they asked SEDRU and SAGARPA to find the necessary mechanisms to carry out a meeting with the producers, packers, and authorities of the states where the avocado is grown, in order to establish an official Mexican standard, where the specifications to be able to export; since if shipments with pesticide residues are detected, exports could be affected or even be canceled; and it would no longer be said to be avocado from Puebla or from Jalisco or from Michoacán; but they would be Mexican Avocado and therefore, the market could be closed for all producers; hence the concern to take care of all the work that has been done in the last 40 years, they said.
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