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Strawberries led Mexican ag export growth in March

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May 8th, 2014

Strawberries, peppers and avocados were Mexico’s strongest performers in agricultural export growth in March, according to statistics released by the country’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). strawberry trays sq 123121njiud

The institute registered a 9.8% overall increase in exports from Mexico’s agriculture and fishing sector, reaching US$1.275 billion.

Strawberry export values grew by 49.9% year-on-year, followed by peppers (47.4%), avocados (42.2%) and citrus fruits (35%).

A statistical category that encompasses melons and papayas also showed growth, at 30.5%.

Some other horticultural items did not prove as lucrative however, with coffee export values falling by 44.1%, onion and garlic values down by 36.3%, and the category of legumes and fresh vegetables dropping by 9.4%.

The growth rate for March was above the 3% rate for the first quarter itself, with agricultural export values of US$6.43 million, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock , Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).

SAGARPA said the country traded 290 agri-food products overseas in a total of 160 countries. The main markets for the first quarter were the U.S., Japan, Canada, Venezuela and Guatemala.

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Comments

  1. TOMMY OB says:

    great to see Mexico’s strawberry exports are up 49%,do I need to list the farms they have destroyed in Florida since NAFTA Washington DC is useless to help our berry industry. It’s time for American growers to block the borders,Florida growers do a great job of growing the best strawberries in the world,paying living wages and covering all food safety issues but we cannot continue to lose money because of cheap imports.

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