Producers in the municipality of Jimenez, the area of the state of Chihuahua devoted to melon production, have already started harvesting the first melons of the spring-summer 2022 season.
Jimenez is Chihuahua's leading melon producer and in 2021 it produced 20,160 tons of melon, according to data from the head of the Sader of the Río Florido district, Roberto Baca. The state planted 1,617 hectares of melon and harvested 44,315.15 tons, achieving a yield of 27.41 tons/ha, according to data from the Agri-Food and Fisheries Information System (SIAP).
According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader), the melon generated in Chihuahua 100,800,000 pesos, ranking the entity as the country's sixth biggest melon producer.
Production in the state is led by Jimenez and followed by Ascension with 8,940 tons, and Janos with 6,960 tons.
Melon at the national level
At the national level, according to SIAP, the growing demand in the last 10 years has led to an average annual growth rate of 1.1%. However, during 2020, production suffered a 2.3% drop compared to 2019, resulting in a 4% decrease in the area sown.
On the other hand, Mexico is the 10th biggest producer of melons in the world with a production of 612,940 tons. Its main export market is the United States with exports amounting to 24.8 million dollars.