Countryside is Engine of Mexican Economy: Agriculture MinistryBy Eliza Galeana | Wed, 11/23/2022 - 13:13
Among this week’s top stories: During the presentation of the Food and Agriculture Outlook 2022, Victor Villalobos stated that the Mexican agri-food sector has consolidated itself as an engine of the country’s economy. Meanwhile, Californian company SAVRpak announced an alliance with Mexico’s online supermarket Jüsto to deliver longer-lasting berries to customers.
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During the presentation of the Food and Agriculture Outlook 2022, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), Victor Villalobos, stated that the Mexican agri-food sector has consolidated itself as an engine of the country’s economy. Villalobos pointed out that in 2021, 268.6 million tons of agricultural products were produced, which represents a 1.3 percent growth from the previous agricultural year. Moreover, 24.1 million tons of livestock products were produced, 2.2 percent more than the previous year, as well as two million tons of fish and aquaculture products, resulting in an annual increase of 1.6 percent.
The Californian company SAVRpak announced an alliance with Mexico’s online supermarket Jüsto. Beginning in December, all packed berries ordered through Jüsto will include SAVRpak, a small plant-based thermodynamic pouch that instantly removes condensation, known to be the number one cause of early spoilage and the overall reduced quality of berries. In preliminary trials, SAVRpak has proven to extend the shelf-life of different berry varieties such as golden berries by more than 10 days, blackberries by over seven days, raspberries by more than five days, and strawberries by over four days.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), Mexico is working on the development of a strategy based on the bioeconomy for agriculture. The goal is to offer sustainable agri-food products, creating added value and boosting both social and economic development, with an emphasis on environmental care. Alfonso Martinez, Coordinator of the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) pointed out that one of the challenges that the bioeconomy model faces in Mexico is to generate specific and contextualized financial products for the different activities in the productive chain of the agricultural sector.
The Association of Producers and Packers Exporters of Avocado of Mexico (APEAM) has become the leading reference in terms of the export quality of Mexican avocados. This is the result of the work of more than 32,000 producers and 81 packers from the states of Michoacan and Jalisco. In the 2021-2022 season alone, 915,750 tons of the product were exported to the US. Since 1997, the supply of this food has grown to more than 2 billion pounds annually. It was precisely in that year that the APEAM was created. This body, responsible for said commercial exchange and the only official partner, is celebrating 25 years of working hard to make the above possible.