Exports are expected to amount to 23,000 tons

Mexico: Limes meet quality expectations in the US

A few days before the end of the Italian lime export cycle, estimates are that exports of this fruit will surpass the 23,000 tons and that market prices will remain above 7,000 pesos, thanks to the good quality of this product.

According to the plant health authorities of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food (SAGARPA), the work plan designed to export this citrus in 2016 has met expectations, as there was a total of 4,500 hectares of lime in production.

Humberto Vazquez Ramirez, who is in charge of these federal offices, said they calculated the production would surpass 100,000 tons, without taking into account the plantations that are in development, as their product is still not reliable for export.

So far, he said, the country has only exported a little more than 19.800 tons of limes, however there are still 15 days before the export cycle comes to an end and we are confident that exports will exceed 23,000 tons.

The official also said the citrus was accepted abroad because it met mobilization standards, and didn't have pests or pesticides residues. This means that nine packing facilities devoted to this product comply with safety standards. "So far two SENASICA has certified two packing companies and 600 hectares have also been certified, to the pollution reduction system."

Mostly because the lime production process manages the water, inputs, as well as the workers and their hygiene, as producers must get ready for the changes that will apply, starting May 2017, because of the law to modernize the US food safety.


Source: lacapital.com.mx

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