The export of 354 thousand tons of berries generates an income of more than 2 billion dollars to the state of Michoacan, which places berries as the country's third most traded product in the world, after beer and avocado.
These figures were provided by the head of the Ministry of Rural Development and Agricultural Food, Ruben Medina Niño, when he participated in the 73 Assembly of Producers grouped in Anaberries.
During the meeting, the state official spoke about the need to address the sector's problems in a comprehensive manner, after almost a thousand hectares of crops were affected by a plague caused by a fusarium.
He acknowledged that there are around 8 thousand small berry producers in the state that are vulnerable to different sanitary and phytosanitary factors. He also proposed working in coordination with the Federation and the Plant Health Boards, to address the problem.
Berry production in 2018 grew by 12 percent over 2017, according to a press release from the state agency.
The meeting also addressed issues such as strategies to overcome the challenges in the Chinese market and to increase berry consumption in that nation, an analysis of the market trends of berries in the United States, and advances in organic production, among other issues.