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Fertilizer Program Expands to Morelos, Tlaxcala and Puebla

By Jan Hogewoning | Fri, 10/30/2020 - 13:18

The government announced this week that it is extending its “Fertilizers for Well-Being” program to Morelos and certain regions of Tlaxcala and Puebla. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Víctor Villalobos stated that fertilizer will be delivered to small-scale producers of corn and rice in Morelos, of oats in Tlaxcala for oats and vegetables and corn in Puebla. The fertilizer delivery program has booked significant advances in Guerrero over the last two years.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), in coordination with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and UNAM, announced this week that they are working on the implementation of an inter-institutional work plan to innovate in the sugarcane industry. They will focus on research actions, technology development, access to financing and the creation of new markets.

 

Here are the week’s biggest headlines in Mexican agribusiness!

 

  • On Wednesday, the Mexican Council for the Promotion of Fishery and Aquaculture Products (COMEPESCA) inaugurated the second edition of the Latin American Summit for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sustainability with the support of the National Fisheries Society (SNP) of Peru. The event will continue through Thursday and Friday. The objective is to foster sustainability action in the sector and to share experiences. Participating countries are Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Ecuador, the US, Spain and Italy, among others.

 

  • During a virtual Technical Working Group on Pesticides (TWG), representatives from Mexico, Canada and the US agreed to strengthen cooperation in pesticide regulation. One proposed measure was the homologation of the Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) of pesticides to facilitate the commercial exchange of agri-food products. In addition, initiatives will be promoted that allow producers to use less pesticides in agricultural activities.

 

  • According to data from the Federal Consumer Prosecutor's Office (PROFECO), onion saw the highest increase in price this year, between 30 to 80 percent in some areas of the country. Meanwhile, the agency reported that it expects the price of corn tortilla to remain stable in 2021.

 

  • According to the latest data from Banxico, Mexican beer shipments between January and August amounted to US$2.94 billion. This is 14 percent lower than the same period last year when exports of US$3.42 billion were recorded. Meanwhile, tequila and mezcal continue to outperform expectations and have not seen a drop in sales.

 

  • African swine fever is becoming a more serious problem in several countries, affecting pigs, food safety and livelihoods. For the first time, FAO and the UN gathered a range of food sector representatives and specialists from different countries at the World Forum to discuss the issue.

 

 

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Jan Hogewoning Jan Hogewoning Journalist and Industry Analyst

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