Michoacán lemon growers to receive federal grant
After launching the brand “Michoacán Lemon, Region of Origin,” the lemon growers group of Michoacán state in Mexico will receive 20% of the federal money dedicated to growing lemons, according to local newspaper La Voz de Michoacán.
The funds from the nation’s Agriculture Ministry, SAGARPA, will be applied exclusively to lemons, which are grown in four states: Michoacán, Jalisco, Guerrero and Oaxaca.
The money will be distributed according to the area dedicated to citrus in each state, according to Sergio Ramírez Castañeda, president of the lemons growers group, the website said.
Michoacán is the third-biggest producer of lemons in Mexico and grows about half of the country’s citrus, according to SAGARPA. The United States receives almost all of the citrus exports, the website said.
Ramírez Castañeda said Colima, Jalisco, Guerrero and Oaxaca are the main competitors for production of Mexican lemons, according to the website. He said the money will allow better practices in the field and packing houses.
He added that it will mean more resources for detection and fighting against pests, and consulting, the website said.