The date harvest in the Mexicali Valley will begin at the end of August. This northeast region of the state of Baja California has 1,438 hectares devoted to producing dates, 441.69 hectares of which are already in production.
Juan Manuel Martínez Núñez, the representative of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development in Baja California (Sader), highlighted that Mexico is the third-largest exporter of Medjool dates worldwide, after the United States and Israel, due to the quality of the country's product, in particular, the one that is grown in the Mexicali Valley, which is comparable to the fruit of Egypt or Israel.
There are producers in the Mexican valley who have been working with this fruit for more than 40 years, such as Mr. Ramiro Quiroz Gonzalez, the owner of the Rancho Palmeras RQ company, who undertook this activity that he learned when he lived in Coachella, California. He currently has 13 hectares of date palms, 10 of which are in production and 3 that are growing. Quiroz produces around 40 tons of dates of the Medjool variety a year.
The representative of Sader in the entity stressed that the region has the conditions for all farmers to achieve the same quality product. All they have to do is to adapt and improve their production techniques, apply irrigation, fertilization, and treatments in due time.