The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) announced that banana producers from the states of Colima and Nayarit will be able to export their product to China, like the states of Tabasco, Chiapas, and Veracruz, which had already received authorization from the phytosanitary authorities to carry out these exports.
According to data provided by the Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), Mexico produces bananas in 16 states in more than 80 thousand hectares. Chiapas generates 30% of the total national production, followed by Tabasco with 26.9%, and Veracruz, with 9.3%.
Each year, the country produces more than 2 million tons of banana worth nearly 7,000 million pesos, as a ton has a commercial value of more than 3,000 pesos, according to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture. Sader data reveals that Mexico ranked 12th worldwide in banana production, accounting for 2.0% of the global supply in 2017.
In a recent meeting with producers and officials of the Ministry of Rural Development (Seder) of the state government, the secretary of the Sader, Victor Villalobos, said that the Mexican government was looking to strengthen the phytosanitary status that will allow exporting fruits and vegetables to international markets. The government is also looking to increase the cultivation of mango, avocado, Persian lime, soursop, jaca, and coffee, and giving them added value.