Mexico: Avocado 41% of Michoacan’s ag production value

Jaime Rodriguez Lopez, delegate of SAGARPA, stated that Michoacan’s avocado sales, which amount to 18,868 million pesos, account for 41% of the value of the state’s agricultural production, which is estimated at 46,019,512,195.12 pesos. Rodriguez made this statement during the Competitiveness of the Avocado Agro-industrial Chain Symposium, which was organized by the National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock (INIFAP), in Uruapan

Lopez Rodriguez recalled that the state had 140,101 hectares devoted to the production of avocado, which produce 1,100,000 tons per year, i.e. 85 percent of the national volume. 89,000 hectares in 28 municipalities, including Tancítaro, Uruapan, Ario de Rosales, Periban, and Salvador Escalante, have the capacity and certification to market their avocados internationally. 29,485 hectares that have an export production are in food safety programs.

He also stated that 95 percent of the area established, 134,000 hectares in 33 municipalities, has been declared free of bone borers, which means the phytosanitary status of the product has improved so it will have a greater acceptance in international markets. He added that this achievement was possible thanks to the 50 million peso investment made by farmers in plant health and safety every year, and the 30 million pesos invested by the government.


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