The lemon export season of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, during which 20,000 tons of the fruit are expected to be marketed with a price exceeding six thousand pesos per ton, will come to an end on December 20.
According to Humberto Vázquez Ramírez, representative of the National Service of Agro-food Health, Safety and Quality in Tamaulipas, 17,000 tons have been harvested so far, and the prospect is to reach the expected figures by the end of the cycle.
There are nine packers registered for this campaign, all recognized by the risk review system, based on the use of safety and hygiene practices from the moment the product is in the field until it is being packed. This type of work, said Vázquez, has resulted in none of the shipments being rejected for the presence of contaminants, and is allowing the fruits produced in Tamaulipas to stand out for their quality in the destination markets.
"Citrus growers have already understood how important it is to conform to a protocol program required by the United States authorities, because this is the country where most of the lemons are shipped," said the representative.