Mexico: Chinese garlic hinders the product from Aguascalientes

A high percentage of this year's garlic harvest remains stored in refrigeration rooms because it has been difficult to place the product in the market.

Hostilio Torres Robles, the manager of the Garlic Product System Committee, said that most of the local production was of pearl garlic, a variety that, due to its characteristics, was destined almost entirely for export to the United States.

However, since there has been a strong increase of Chinese garlic in the US, the market became saturated and garlic prices plummeted; so sales to that market stopped.

Hostilio Torres said this had been a particularly difficult year for producers of pearl garlic because prices offered by US traders were very low, which is why they have chosen to store their product.

In addition, he said, it is difficult to place this garlic in the domestic market, as people prefer the purple and variegated garlic; "producers haven't been able to sell their white garlic because it's not what housewives and marketers prefer."

Finally, he stated that the state's annual garlic harvest, which is obtained from 60 hectares that have an average yield of 10 tons per hectare, had increased to approximately 600 tons this year. A high percentage of that production, he said, has been stored for about five months.


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