Mexico Secures Avocado Exports and ProductionBy María Fernanda Barría | Thu, 06/03/2021 - 10:14
Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) and Mexican avocado growers, packers and exporters (APEAM) agreed to strengthen their operational capacity in Michoacan to ensure production and exports of more than one million tons of avocado annually with an estimated value of MX$40 billion (US$2 billion).
SADER informs this joint work includes hiring specialized technicians to provide services to growers and packers in Michoacan. These agents will also scan and produce a digital platform with pest images collected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be sent to the National Phytosanitary Reference Center. The objective is to have a more comprehensive knowledge and pest control. In addition, new certification points for International Phytosanitary Certificates (IPCs) will be established to accelerate regulatory and administration processes.
According to the report "National Agricultural Planning" elaborated by SADER, most avocado export restrictions are due to phytosanitary issues. As a result, officials at Mexico's National Service of Health, Food Safety and Food Quality, SENASICA and APEAM representatives met to verify progress on the 2021 work plan to guarantee avocado supply and export programs.
Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga, director of SENASICA, highlighted the development of certified avocado production in Michoacan for the past 20 years. Trujillo mentioned that production went from five thousand hectares free of pests and good safety practices to almost 150 thousand hectares.
Furthermore, world imports of Mexican avocado have increased 171.97 percent in the last decade, breaking export records have taken place in countries like the US, Japan and Canada.
Armando López Orduña, general director of APEAM, indicates the Michoacán Avocado Export Program 2021 includes the participation of 65 thousand packing houses and 30 thousand 387 producers, mainly small and medium scale, who harvest in 46 thousand 516 certified fields in 43 municipalities. Moreover, the association has been recognized with the National Export Award as the leading foreign trade promoter granted by the Ministry of Economy.
For the past 23 years, Mexico's avocado exports have steadily increased from 41,118 tons in 1999 to 1,102,719 tons in 2020, according to APEAM's website. "Exporters, without a doubt, are the iconic image of Mexico abroad. We are the first reference and one of the visible faces of what is produced and made with quality in the country," said Gabriel Villaseñor Zurita, president of APEAM's.