Despite the fact that the weather conditions in the Mocorito mountainous area, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, have not been favorable for the cultivation of watermelons, the producers who started early with the planting season are working in the harvesting.
Martín Espinoza, a producer in the region, assures that the 4-hectare property that his family planted with seedless watermelons has yielded around 45 tons per hectare with export quality.
Regarding prices, Espinoza says that the price for the first cut amounted to around 8 pesos per kilo, while the price for the second cut reached around 9 pesos.
He stressed that the conditions have not been entirely favorable. The product thrives in hot weather, but this season there have been some cloudy days. "If there had been more sunshine, we would have probably harvested more tons. The weather did not help with the yield,” he said.
Espinoza reported that these are the first watermelons harvested in the region and that busier times are coming for both seeded and seedless ones.
Watermelons are a highly demanded product in both Mexico and the United States and that is why producers devote themselves to growing them year after year. “Here at Mocorito we dedicate ourselves to planting many products, but watermelons, tomatoes and peanuts are some of our favorites," said Martín Espinoza.