Overproduction of poor-quality mangoes in Mexico due to climate change

The increase in the temperature of the land caused by climate change has modified the country's cultivation chain. The mango's production processes have accelerated, leading to an overproduction of low-quality fruit.

The change in the production calendar has affected Chiapas, where Ataulfo mango is starting to be harvested in January, before the opening of international market demand, so producers have to look for marketing channels in the domestic market, many times at lower prices.

Another problem brought about by the excess heat is the proliferation of pests. In Guerrero, the producers of the Sanluises area have been affected by a thrips plague, which is propagated by an insect that proliferates when the heat increases, for the past five years.

Faced with this problem, producers have had to market the processed mango in the form of jams, juices, sweets, or dehydrated fruit, as their fruit has not reached the quality or appearance required to be sold as fresh fruit.

Sinaloa has had an irregular climate this year, so the mango produced is very small due to a lack of rain and high heat. This region's mango prices have faced significant problems due to the climate: if the fruit is small its price decreases and it is not well received by international markets. When it reaches a larger size, its price becomes too high for the market, and wholesalers reduce or eliminate the offer.

 

Source: elsoldemexico.com.mx 


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