This week the ten day term expired of the proposal submitted by Mexican tomato producers to Florida producers, and if not accepted, they will have 270 days for the Government´s and the Department of Agriculture of the United States to make a decision.
This was said by the president of Tomato Product System nationwide, Manuel Antonio Cazares Castro, who said the proposal was submitted by tomato growers in Mexico to the Government of the United States and Florida producers, on Nov. 2 where they met with officials of the Department of Trade as part of the consultations requested in Section IV G of the current Agreement Suspension.
The proposal submitted by the agencies representing CAADES, AMPHAC, CAEBC and Tomato Production System, holds offers a 100% coverage of Mexican exporters participation, use of existing mechanisms in Mexico and the United States specifically developed to ensure compliance with the terms of the Agreement and an increase in the Reference Price of 18.4% for open field tomatoes and 24.6% for greenhouse tomatoes.
With this proposal the minimum price for open field tomato would be 27.52 cents per pound, thus a 25 pound box would have a minimum price of 6.88 dollars. The minimum price for greenhouse tomatoes would be 29.40 cents per pound, and so a 25 pound box would have a minimum price of 7.35 dollars.