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Primary Success

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 10:23

Mexico’s wide network of free-trade agreements has allowed the country’s primary sector to become the third-most important driver for exports. NAFTA led to an increase in national agricultural production of more than 50 percent and an increase in value of over 100 percent. Although most of the country’s income in the primary sector comes from agriculture, livestock and fishing have also become top performers.  
For all the success that the agribusiness industry enjoys, there is a significant percentage of the population employed in agricultural activities that lives below the poverty line. The challenge for the sector in the coming years is to maintain its productivity and exporting strength, while finding ways to improve the living conditions of those that depend on the sector for a living.