Mexico Reinforces Agreements, Promotes SupportBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 02/25/2021 - 16:16
Mexico and France reviewed their agricultural agenda to strengthen current agreements and make the most of them. During a virtual meeting between Víctor Villalobos, Minister of Agriculture and Social Development, and Jean-Pierre Asvazadourian, French Ambassador to Mexico, both officials agreed on the need to renew the legal framework for agro-industrial cooperation between the two countries and that the collaboration between both countries should drive agriculture, livestock and fisheries forward.
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- Cotton production in Mexico dropped 35 percent, but this problem is not specific to Mexico. Cotton is one of the 20 most essential commodities globally in terms of value and provides 350 million jobs worldwide. One of the reasons for this decrease is the lockdowns affecting major consumption centers, including the EU, the US, Canada, China, Australia and Japan.
- In a recent Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) release, it was announced that it is in Mexico’s plans to promote sustainable agricultural systems to mitigate the effects of climate change. SADER mentioned that climate change is a factor that has and will continue to impact the agricultural sector. Villalobos gave the announcement and he stated, “the instrumentation of mitigation systems, business models and projects that address vulnerability in the sector, land use planning and sustainable production, are basic elements aligned with the objectives of the ministry, with the programmed goals for farmers’ well-being and the commitments of the 2030 agenda.”
- Víctor Villalobos mentioned during a morning press conference that SADER’s priority programs would have 34 percent more resources this year compared to 2020. This increase will allow more people to benefit from the program and it will help accelerate the distribution resources before the end of 1Q21. Puebla, Tlaxcala and Morelos are now a part of the Fertilizers for Well-Being program, according to SADER.