Standards, Professionalization Crucial for ExportsBy Jan Hogewoning | Thu, 12/03/2020 - 17:04
MBN spoke to different individuals who are involved in exports to Europe. The primary concern, all three concurred, is the need for more professionalization and standardization among Mexican growers. Thankfully, this has been moving in the right direction with several important developments ongoing, which are boosting post-harvest treatment of produce to new levels.
Interested in more? Here are the week’s biggest stories:
- MBN reported on a new call for seasonal tariffs on Mexican produce. This time the product is strawberries. In the US, farmers and local legislators from the states of Florida and Georgia have petitioned the office of the US trade representative to do something about Mexican strawberries flooding the US market and depressing prices. Robert Lighthizer, US Trade Representative, responded to these calls by writing a letter to the US International Trade Commission (ITC). MBN pointed out that it is unlikely that any kind of punishing measure will actually come to pass.
- On Friday 27, MBN reported that the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), which is a decentralized body of SCT and Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMEX), signed an agreement to collaborate on a pilot program that will use satellite technology to increase agricultural productivity through “precision agriculture.” MBN analyzed the potential benefits this is going to bring to agricultural production.
- MBN reflects on the size of Mexico’s aquaculture sector and the way it sustains hundreds of thousands of lives around the country.
- On Dec. 2, Grupo Bimbo celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Mexican bakery product giant has been making foods, which are a staple of Mexican households. Today, the company employs 135,000 people.
- In the midst of ongoing decriminalization of cannabis in Mexico, members of the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted this Wednesday to remove cannabis from the list of most harmful drugs. The committee vote was 27 for and 25 against.
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) reported this week that Mexico exported 193,704 head of cattle to the US during the first eight weeks of the 2020-2021 cycle. This represents growth of almost 40 percent in comparison with the same period in 2019.