Mexican date producers from the region of San Luis Río Colorado, in the state of Sonora, are seeking alternatives to export processed dates, which haven't consolidated in local markets due to their high cost. According to data from the Rural Development District 193, which belongs to the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader), 70% of the national production of dates comes from this town.
A producer in the region who owns a date plantation, Raul Hernandez Quezada, is looking for ways to export his production to the United States. Currently he has 1,432 hectares planted with palms that are not yet in full bloom, which takes place ten to twelve years after planting the trees.
According to the producer, dates are expensive in the Mexican domestic market and are considered a niche item. Despite this, he still plans to expand his production area with another 15 hectares, with the intention of increasing his volume for future exports.
He also said that he currently sold the dates in bulk to a company from Mexicali, Baja California, but that they were also working to carry out the packaging alternative this year.