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Mexico: Honey, papaya & habanero production decreasing in Yucatan

The disastrous situation of the Yucatan agriculture and livestock sectors is seen in the drastic fall of products in which the state used to lead, although the government invested a considerable capital over the last ten years and now it is not known exactly where these resources ended up.

“This collapse of agricultural and livestock production affects the economy of thousands of Yucatecan families and exacerbates poverty levels in the state”, said Giovany Ávila Romero, a former agricultural official of the federal and state governments, with more than thirty years of experience.

In an interview with The Yucatan Times, Avila Romero said that the collapse of the Yucatan honeybee is a clear example of what the state is going through.

From 2007 to 2017, honey production decreased by 49%. In 2007, 280,000 beehives were registered in 11,000 apiaries with a production of 8,433 tons. Ten years later, the number of hives dropped to 180,000 and production fell to 4,351 tons.

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