Mexican govt promotes new lemon zones
Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food (SAGARPA) is pushing the establishment of new lemon farms in the Tamaulipas Altiplano region, website Laverdad.com.mx reported.
Mexican Citrus Council president Ausencio Mata Medina told the website the municipalities of Jaumave, Tula, Miquihuana, Palmillas and Bustamante were attractive for lemon industry investment.
Mata Medina highlighted it would be difficult for Huanglongbing (HLB) to affect the area as the Diaphorina Citri vector insect would struggle to survive in the semi-desert conditions, which are 600 meters (1968ft) above sea level.
He said the region was also fruit fly-free.
The project aims to cultivate 500 hectares of lemons in Jaumave, where 250 hectares have already been planted.