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Weekly Roundups

Avocados Take the Spotlight

By Sofía Hanna | Thu, 02/04/2021 - 17:11

Avocado exports increased by 12 percent in the second half of 2020 with Americans consuming more than 6 billion avocados. Even though that represents great business and trading for Mexico, it also means that tons of pits are being wasted and nothing is done with them, as previously mentioned by MBN. “Biofase has developed a unique technology for the production of biopolymers made from the avocado seed. Our products have a minimal carbon footprint, which benefits the planet and helps reduce global warming. We are the only biopolymer producer in Mexico, extending the reach of our biodegradable products to more than 25 countries,” states Biofase’s website.

 

 Interested in more? Here are the week’s major headlines in agribusiness & food!

 

  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) announced the country is closing 4Q20 with an increase in food production and a historical rise in agri-food exports. In 2021, the Production for Well-Being program will have a budget of MX$13. 5 million (US$660,000) to achieve the food self-sufficiency objective, according to Víctor Suárez Carrera, Deputy Minister of Food Self-Sufficiency.

 

 

  • In Mexico, there are two million hives and the annual production of honey is 58,000 tons, supporting 43,000 families. SADER reported that in Mexico, the diversity of flora would allow a higher production of pollen and nectar that could benefit beekeeping activities to maintain economic, social and environmental levels.

 

 

  •  Mexican agriculture is looking to expand to Asian markets and SADER is taking actions to help local businesses to grow beyond domestic borders. The main priority is complying with Chines sanitary protocols for exports to take Mexican sorghum to said country.

 

 

  • Now that the Super Bowl is coming, the Mexican Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocado (APEAM) expects an estimated 4 percent increase against last year’s exports and consumption. During the first week of 2021, 29,638 tons of avocados were exported. Aweek later, the figure increased to 35,492 tons. All of these exports started last December leaving from Michoacan., as reported by Agronoticias.

 

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
SADER, MBN, Agronoticias
Photo by:   Peter Feghali, Unsplash
Sofía Hanna Sofía Hanna Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst