Mexico world leader in papaya exports, cornering 44% of the market

Mexico has climbed to the top of the world papaya export market. The nation is in third place in terms of volume produced, which grew 3.2% last year. Mexico has 44.7% of the global export market, followed by Guatemala and Brazil, and became the third biggest producer in 2019, and is now growing 7.6% of the world’s total.

Growing international demand has driven up export rates, which brought in more than $86 million last year from the United States alone. Based on figures from the Agriculture Ministry, last year’s yield showed 3.2% growth, to 1,118,000 tons. Papaya production averaged 984,000 tons between 2015 and 2019, with an average annual growth rate of 5.2%.

According to mexiconewsdaily.com, the area designated for papaya production in 2019 was 19,865 hectares, which increased 1.2% to 20,100 hectares in 2020.


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