New Standards, Goals for Mexican Agricultural ExportsBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 12/09/2021 - 17:11
Hass avocado from Jalisco is now allowed in the US, bringing benefits to producers and farmers. Lia Bijnsdorp, Managing Director of United Producers of Mexico, highlights points to improve so Mexico can fully seize international opportunities. Finally, sustainable goals are being pursued and a new organic recognition has been issued to make Mexican organic products more competitive.
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Lia Bijnsdorp, Managing Director of United Producers of Mexico and MBN Expert Contributor, shared what changes are necessary for agro exporters to reach an international presence. Among the points to consider are food safety, sustainability, pre-harvest improvements and processes digitization. “Mexico is fortunate to have the largest production not only of avocados but it is also the largest exporter of mangoes, berries and several other agricultural products. We can expect the coming years to be successful for agro-exporters from Mexico,” she said.
With the signing of the Operational Work Plan (PTO), the US approved Hass avocado imports from Jalisco. This change is expected to positively impact farmers and producers that depend on this market. One of the requirements that must be met is that the regions are pest-free. Exports will begin in Jalisco and then other states like the State of Mexico and Nayarit will join.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that collaborations, exchanges and initiatives are taking place to achieve greater and better production of food in a sustainable way through international cooperation. Mexico has strengthened its dialogue regarding the development of sustainable production systems and has become a benchmark for other countries.
SADER launches its national “Organic Mexico” marker to boost the production and competitiveness of Mexican organic products and position its identity in the national and international market. At the moment, there are more than 300 certified organic products in Mexico, including fruit, coffee and honey.