The harvest of dates in the Sonoran region of San Luis Rio Colorado has begun. Javier Villegas Lira, the president of the Region's Date Product System, said that they expected a good quality crop thanks to the low presence of pests in the crops, which reduced the risk of losses. Producers expect to collect large volumes in mid-September.
Villegas Lira said the dates had a market in the United States. Some producers, especially those that produce large sizes, have direct contacts to sell their products, while others, who produce smaller sizes, do it through intermediaries in Mexicali, Baja California.
According to data provided by Sader, the production of dates in 2018 amounted to 5,323 tons. There are currently 1,192 hectares planted in San Luis Río Colorado. In 2018, there were 872 hectares.