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Mexico: Michoacan produces 87% of the country's avocados

According to Ruben Medina Niño, the head of the Ministry of Rural and Agricultural Food Development (Sedrua), avocado production up to May amounted to 893 thousand tons, i.e. 17% or almost 133 thousand tons more than by the same month of 2017. In this month, Michoacan accounted for 87% of the national production. The state was followed by Jalisco and the State of Mexico, which together accounted for 7 percent of the total production.

Medina Niño said that the avocado from Michoacan continued to be the symbol of the country's agricultural production, as it is Mexico's number one agricultural product and has the biggest production value.

He also said this information was published in the Agrifood and Fisheries Information System (SIAP), which shows the behavior and increase in the production and export of Mexican avocados, especially from Michoacan.

Morelos and the State of Mexico are the states with the lowest volumes collected compared to the same month of the previous year, with 60 percent and 27 percent respectively, he said.

This year, the total area planted with avocado increased by 11 thousand hectares, which represents 4.9 percent of the production.

Medina Niño said that more than 50 municipalities cultivate avocado in the entity in ​​more than 160 thousand hectares directly generating almost half a million jobs, three per hectare.

In the harvest, the sector generates more than 7 million wages; that is to say 40 cutters on average per hectare working double shifts.


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