The President of the Persian Lime Product System, Cesar Cortes Bello, told the press that the start of 2021 will present difficulties for producers and packers of tropical fruits and avocados. “Exports in January and part of February will be very slow. We must prepare for March and April, as shortages are expected,” he stressed.
In fact, exporters of agricultural products to the United States have reported a reduction in their activity. The strong floods registered in the south and southeast of Mexico affected the quality of the productions. In addition, there will be a little shortage in the center of the country in the aforementioned months, he said.
For this reason, he called on producers in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca not to speculate on prices in January. "It's better to make moderate cuts to avoid poor quality lemons so that when the United States opens its demand to 100% there is the opportunity to sell them, especially to the states of New York and California, which have the biggest demand for lemon and Mexican avocado.”
The leader of the lemon producers said that demand had fallen by more than 70% because of the pandemic. "We hope that everything will change and that the winter season doesn't last too long in the US."
He also advised producers to make moderate lemon cuts to maintain supply throughout the year and avoid shortages. At the end of the year, the lemon had an excellent quality and was being sold for 4 to 5 pesos per kilo. “Sadly, this week several exporters had a poor quality product and prices decreased by 35 to 40%.”
This is a worrisome situation for the months of greatest demand, as some producers are betting on speculation and generating anticipated harvests to sell at high prices in exchange for a shortage in the rest of the year, he said.