Mexico: Colima produces 150,000 tons of papaya per year

The president of the State Council of Papaya Producers, Miguel Angel Espinoza, informed that, even though the cultivation of this product has faced several difficulties, they produce 150 thousand tons of papaya per year.

"Every day new pests emerge, it is a very susceptible crop in itself and there is a lot of regulation for chemical products in foreign markets, in the United States; so it is complicated to counteract these pests because we can only use a very limited range of products to fight them," he told Colima's Radio and Television Institute.

He also said that Colima was the main exporter of this tropical fruit, especially to the United States and Canada.

"We produce approximately 150 thousand tons and export nearly 50 percent of the production to the foreign market. Colima is Mexico's main exporter of papaya as it accounts for 50 to 65 percent of what the country exports," he said.

Colima's production volume competes against Veracruz and Michoacan's production volume, however, Colima's product has a higher quality and fewer sanitary problems, he stated. To achieve safety certification it was necessary to make heavy investments in the production chain, he added.

Finally, Angel Espinoza said they were looking for new international markets and that they would send the first tests to Europe this year.

Source: Notimex

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