Mexico: The renegotiation of NAFTA does not affect avocados from Michoacan

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has not affected the commercialization of the avocado from Michoacan in the United States, stated Pascual Sigala Paez, the head of the Secretariat of Rural Development and Agricultural food (Sedrua).

Sigala Paez said that the renegotiation, which is currently in its sixth round, has not interfered with the demand for avocados by the Americans, especially during the celebration of the 52 Super Bowl.

Sales of Michoacan avocado in the Super Bowl season increased by 22.22 percent over the previous year, as they went from 90 thousand tons in 2017 to 110 thousand tons this year. 

Pascual Sigala also said that the revision of the terms of NAFTA wouldn't have an adverse impact on the export of fresh products from the state, as they have managed to position themselves as part of the basic market basket of the US population.

In addition to avocados, the United States has a high demand and consumes Michocan products, such as strawberries and vegetables. During 2017, Michoacan exported more than 65 billion pesos in agricultural products to the international markets, mainly to the US.


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