Producers from Felipe Carrillo Puerto are hoping to sell more than 50 tons of pitahaya this season. According to Armando Poot Chablé, president of the group of pitahaya producers Kukulcán of the Tihosuco community, local growers are hoping to commercialize their dragon fruit. They expect the revenues to somewhat compensate for the economic losses caused by the pandemic.
The 2020 pandemic generated a large loss to Mayan farmers who were unable to sell their products internationally due to closed borders. These farmers were then left to rely on local markets.
Carrillo Puerto told riviera-maya-news.com that in the previous season, Mayan farmers were sending the Quintana Roo product to France, where it was widely accepted and classified as organic. Poot Chablé says the southern farmers are hoping to be able to do it again, to market internationally in the next few months. The Quintana Roo pitahaya fruit season runs from June to mid-December.
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