The governor of the State of Mexico, Alfredo Del Mazo, said that his administration would seek to have the first certified avocado plant to ensure that the product is free of pests, such as the screwworm, and to increase the number of tons of this product.
"Improving the plant, getting it certified, producing Hass avocado (which is the most commercial variety), and improving the productivity per hectare will strengthen the avocado producers of the State of Mexico and allow them to improve their production," he said.
After visiting the Avocado Germplasm Bank, the governor said that avocado producers currently had yields of nearly 12 tons per hectare and that the goal was to reach 15 tons.
During the tour, he stressed that Mexico accounted for 30 percent of the world's avocado production and that the challenge was to continue growing.
He said that the municipality of Coatepec Harinas produced 25 percent of the avocado produced by the State of Mexico. In addition, the Avocado Germplasm Bank, one of the most important worldwide, because of the different species and breeds of this fruit it preserves, was started through the Sanchez Colín Foundation, and is located in this municipality.
The Secretaries of Agricultural Development and Environment, Dario Zacarias Capuchino and Jorge Rescala Perez, respectively, as well as by the mayor of Coatepec Harinas, Saul Rubi Muñoz, accompanied Del Mazo on this work tour.