Mexico: Michoacan's avocado production increased by 20%

Michoacan's avocado production has increased by 20 percent during the last two years, reported the Ministry of Rural Development and Agrifood (Sedrua).

In a statement, the agency stated that production currently amounted to more than 1,117,000 tons.

The agency recalled that in 2017 Mexico's avocado production amounted to 2,029,886 tons, 80 percent of which (about 1,600,000 tons) was produced in Michoacan.

They also stated that avocado cultivation generated 16,800 direct jobs and more than 70 thousand temporary jobs.

According to the Sedrua, the avocado is no longer an exotic fruit and it has become a product that is exported to more than 45 countries in the world, which indicates that it has had sustained growth.

"10 years ago, finding an avocado in the US market was almost impossible, as its price was very high and could only be found in exclusive places. Now, this fruit has become very popular and can be found in most American diets because of its benefits," they added.

Sedrua recognized the important role played by producers in the consolidation of this product, which wouldn't be possible without their constant work to obtain national and international health and safety certifications.

Mexico is expected to produce more than 2,029,886 tons of avocado production in the 2017-2018 season.

 

Source: Notimex


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