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Gabriel Villaseñor, President of APEAM:

"We have reached an agreement to end the strike, producers will accept market prices"

The 17-day strike that threatened the supply of Mexican avocados in the United States seems to have come to an end. This is thanks to an agreement reached between producers and packers after a long day of meetings between the two sectors.

The President of APEAM, Gabriel Villaseñor, stated in a radio interview with Carlos Loret that "the producers demanded a minimum guaranteed and fair price of 40 pesos per kilo, but after 17 days of unemployment and a long day of meetings they have understood what can and can not be done, that we are in a free market and that they can't set base prices, something they have decided to abide by."

The APEAM committed to take some measures to favor producers in Michoacan, such as not bringing fruit from other states for export to the United States, as well as others measures in which they are already working.

"The profit margins between sale prices and production costs are still favorable for producers, as they sell their product for 25 to 30 pesos per kilo and production costs range between 8 and 10 pesos," Villaseñor said.

"The producers have committed to always offer the best quality fruit. This strike was due to a lack of communication. Fortunately we have been able to resolve it and producers will now benefit from the rules of the free market," Gabriel concluded.

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