The health emergency declared in Mexico due to the COVID-19 has caused most of the warehouses in the Central de Abastos in Mexico City to close, which has taken a substantial toll on the marketing of the mangoes produced in Tecpan, in the state of Guerrero. According to Daniel Radilla Ríos, president of Sistema Producto Mango in that state, more than 60% of the workers in the sector have been let go due to the drop in the demand for the fruit, both domestically and in the United States and Canada, the main destinations for mangoes in the region.
The president of the National Council of Sistema Producto Mango stated that this year's production will notably decrease, to the point that many producers are already giving it up because of the lack of buyers.
Faced with this discouraging scenario, Radilla Ríos asked the federal and state governments to come up with emerging strategies for the creation of employment programs in order to help mango workers. In this regard, he suggested the launch of temporary employment campaigns to help the unemployed.
The leader also asked the Federation to consider granting aid to microentrepreneurs and small businesses, as this could help mango packers and marketers support their workers and avoid unemployment in the midst of a health emergency.