Mexico's Secretary of Rural Development, Ramón Cano Vega, informed that a petition was issued to the Federal Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal, to request funding for 17 projects that would require more than 74 million pesos and would be used to boost the agro-industrial development of the state of Michoacan.
The state's Government and the National Agricultural Council informed Guajardo about the great potential of vegetables such as red tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and peppers.
According to data from the State's Office for Information on Sustainable Rural Development (OEIDRUS), in 2012, Michoacan became Mexico's eighth largest red tomato producer, with 171,039 tonnes grown in a total of 5,062 hectares. The value of this production amounted to 522,691,930 pesos.
Regarding onions, the state produced 155,109 tonnes in a total of 4,373 hectares, which represents a value of 393,035,300 pesos and places it as Mexico's fourth largest producer.
As for cucumbers, the state has a cultivated acreage of 3,820 hectares, from which a production of 79,304 tonnes is reached. The value reached by this production is of 205,413,630 pesos, making it the fourth largest producer.
Green peppers also have great potential in Michoacan, as from a total of 3,000 hectares, a production of 83,821 tonnes is obtained, which represents a value of 621,942,520 pesos and positions the state as Mexico's fifth largest producer.
For red tomatoes, funding amounting to 42,122,540 pesos has been requested for 10 projects, which would generate 320 direct and 580 indirect jobs, as well as opportunities for export.
For onions, funding has been requested for three projects; a total of 16,798,215 pesos, which would generate 84 direct jobs, 126 indirect, and opportunities for export.
As for peppers, there is a total of two projects, for which 6,790,184 have been requested and which would generate 58 direct and 86 indirect jobs.
Finally, for the production of cucumbers, two projects are also on the works which are in need of 8,576,423 pesos. These would generate 68 direct and 104 indirect jobs, as well as opportunities for export.
(1 Mexican peso = 0.076 US Dollars)