Technology has become an important ally to increase the profitability of mango cultivation in Mexico, as it makes it possible to harvest in the months with the lowest supply in the domestic market.
In the state of Veracruz, an alliance has been established between researchers from Inifap - Cotaxtla Experimental Field - and various organizations of mango producers, especially in the Actopan region. This is helping increase the value of the fruit, whose profitability exceeds that of other productions, such as sugarcane or corn.
Producer Guillermo Palmeros Marín, secretary of the National Council of Mango Producers, said that thanks to the early flowering of the Manila mango, achieved with technology developed in Veracruz by researchers from Inifap, the profit obtained is substantial. "Right now, the seasonal mango harvest is sold for $ 80-100 per box, but from February to March, that same 32 kilo box costs up to $ 1,000," he said.
He also explained that the Actopan area has a long tradition in mango production. It has 3,000 irrigated hectares and another 1,000 hectares with low groundwater table (Vega), which keeps the moisture and creates ideal conditions for mango cultivation.
Lack of Government support
Despite the growth opportunities offered by mango cultivation, growers lack support from the government, both from the federal SADER and the state's SAGARPA, for the improvement and expansion of the region's infrastructure, including irrigation systems or access roads.
On a private level, mangoes from Veracruz have already reached Germany, Spain and France; however, Mexican producers await the entry into force of the Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC) in order to introduce their mangoes in the North American market.