Growers protest corruption allowing non-Michoacán avocados into state

More than 1,000 Michoacán avocado growers have set up checkpoints on highways in 11 municipalities to stop avocados from other parts of Mexico coming into the state, to be exported later to the US under their exclusive export agreement.

José Luis Mata, representative for a Michoacán avocado growers’ association, said that 70% of avocado orchards are currently on strike due to corruption that allows avocados to enter the state and be shipped to the US market posing as aguacates michoacanos.

Michoacán growers are the only ones in the country who are included in the United States Department of Agriculture certified export program, he said. Mata said the work stoppage would continue indefinitely until authorities take action to stop the entry of outside avocados. reports that if the strike continues, a shortage of avocados is likely to follow, causing prices to increase in both domestic and international markets.

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