Mexico: Michoacan lime consolidates in the domestic and international market

According to Antonio Guzman Castañeda, state delegate for Sagarpa, Michoacan’s lime has consolidated in the domestic and international market because of the adequate phytosanitary control that has prevented it from being infected by the yellow dragon plague. He also indicated that Michoacan’s lime net value production is estimated at 1,053 million pesos (78 million dollars). According to reports, Michoacan has a citrus area, located in the region of Tierra Caliente, of 42,992 hectares in production for this season. 4,000 of these hectares have been affected by pests and plant inconsistencies.

After the yellow dragon plague greatly affected production in the state of Colima, rural development instances and Sagarpa implemented phytosanitary measures and built fences so that the plague wouldn’t impact the local production.

Guzman Castañeda said that, in the case of Michoacan, producers could access some 475,000 tons of citrus to market them on very favourable terms which would help boost the economy of the state’s lime producing regions. The federal official assured that the presence of armed groups in the region of Tierra Caliente had had no influence on the production and marketing of limes.

During this season, lime prices have soared and it can be bought for more than 25 pesos in grocery stores and markets; an increase that had already been estimated in the national economic indicators as a result of the winter season. Guzman Castañeda said that, thanks to preventive policies, there was lime from Michoacan on tables in Mexico and abroad.


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