Mexico Will Increase Basic Grain Production in 2023
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Mexico Will Increase Basic Grain Production in 2023

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Eliza Galeana By Eliza Galeana | Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst - Thu, 02/23/2023 - 17:19

In the framework of the Expo Agro Sinaloa 2023, Victor Villalobos, Mexico’s Minister of Agriculture stated that the country’s government is working to increase basic grain production at a national level. 

On Feb. 22, 2023, Villalobos and Rubén Rocha, Governor of Sinaloa inaugurated the Expo Agro Sinaloa 2023. During the event, Villalobos highlighted that the Fertilizers for Welfare program has led to an increase in corn yields. When the program started there was a margin for increase, which in 2021 resulted in a surplus of 200,000t of corn, achieved by small-scale producers. “In the past, despite the resources allocated to the purchase of fertilizers, corn production did not increase. This program is making a real difference,” said Villalobos.

The Fertilizers for Welfare program started in 2019 in Guerrero. Due to its success, the government of President López Obrador decided to extend it to Morelos, Puebla y Tlaxcala. In 2022, the program reached the states of Chiapas, Durango, Nayarit, Oaxaca and Zacatecas. Villalobos said that the program is expected to reach national coverage in 2023, with the aim of increasing basic grain production.

Villalobos pointed out that given the productive importance of Sinaloa, in 2023, the entity will have a special fertilizer program in addition to the one implemented in the rest of the country. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), Sinaloa is responsible for the production of around 12.5 million t of agricultural products every year, the main ones being corn with 6.4 million t/y and tomato with 764,435 t/y.

Jalisco, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chihuahua and Sinaloa are the states with the highest agricultural production in Mexico. In 2020, they produced 114.24 million t of agricultural products, which represented more than 30% of the national production of 346.6 million t.  

Villalobos recognized the hard work of the local farmers, the Confederation of Agricultural Associations of the State of Sinaloa (CAADES) and the Sinaloa Produce Foundation for their contribution to national food production. Additionally, he underscored Sinaloa’s commitment in terms of its work on science and technology to boost the primary sector.

Meanwhile, Rocha proposed to establish a guaranteed price for the commercialization of corn. “With a guaranteed price, you do not need to buy purchase price protection, as this coverage is an insurance to guarantee such prices,” he stated. Moreover, he stressed that Sinaloa will play a leading role in the federal government’s request to increase Mexico’s corn production.

Photo by:   Victor Villalobos - Twitter

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