Agricultural Sector Maintains EmploymentBy Jan Hogewoning | Fri, 11/20/2020 - 14:35
This week, INEGI published a study on national employment for 3Q20. The study provides an insight into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment. In comparison with the same period in 2019, the number of people working in the restaurant and hospitality sector has fallen by 1.5 percent to 6.5 percent nationally. In the agricultural sector, however, the percentage of the population employed has risen by 1.1 percent compared to 2Q20. This gives an indication of how resilient this sector is in the pandemic. Another interesting figure is the level of informality. In Mexico’s rural areas, informality is 79 percent, whereas in urban areas it is 40.5 percent.
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- The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) reports that between January and September of this year, Mexico’s agri-food trade balance grew by 38.4 percent compared to the same period in 2019. Agri-food exports reached US$29.32 billion, of which US$13.86 billion correspond to the agricultural sector and US$15.46 billion to the agro-industrial sector. Agri-food imports fell by 7.46 percent, with a total value of US$19.62 billion.
- On Nov. 13, President López Obrador visited Tabasco along with Minister of Agriculture Víctor Villalobos and witnessed the impact of torrential rains and flooding on agricultural crops, livestock and aquaculture units in the municipalities of Teapa, Tacotalpa and Jalapa. The ministry has promised technical support actions to reactivate production, such as the provision of fungicides, pruning tools, spray packs, seeds for cyclical crops and food aid.
- The National Agency for Food Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) reported this week that it had certified 105 production units of livestock in 2019 for being free of livestock feed containing banned substances such as clenbuterol.
- Earlier this week, the Federal Consumer Protection Office (PROFECO) reiterated there are no reasons or motives that should lead to a price increase for tortilla throughout the country, after representatives in that sector had warned of an increase of up to MX$2 (US$0.1) per kilo expected for December.
- At the inauguration of the fifth National Dairy Forum this Thursday, Segalmex, Liconsa and Femeleche signed an agreement in which they committed to improving the conditions of milk producers in the country. One of the deals is to order jointly from the milk markets. All three agencies work to provide food security by providing mechanisms that lower food prices.
- Vietnamese authorities reported this week that according to their estimates, local specialists could develop a vaccine for African Swine Fever (ASF) by 3Q21. Since early 2019, this virus has had a devastating impact on east Asian pork industries. Earlier this year, cases started to appear in Europe. Last week, a number of countries there called upon the EU to take more collaborative action. So far, the disease has not affected Mexican production yet. Last month, it was reported that Mexican, US and Canadian authorities were working together to prevent the spread of the virus to the American continent.