Mexico: Jalisco exports 90% of its "berries"
Color, flavor, firmness and quality mean that more than 90 percent of berries, commonly called fruits of the forest, that are produced in fields of Jalisco reach the table of consumers in the United States, Canada, as well as countries in Europe and Asia .
More than 4.000 are the hectares of diverse Jalisco municipalities that are dressed in blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, exotic strawberries that, under the system of protected agriculture, are produced in this area.
The fruit and vegetable director of the Rural Development Secretariat (Seder), Fernando Nava Aguilar, affirmed that the production of berries in Jalisco is a sign of rigorous discipline in matters of safety.
He affirmed that these are highly specialized crops, in addition to being properly cared for and supervised throughout their process -field, storage, packing and transportation- because they have to meet the standards demanded by the market.
He added that 26 are the export companies that work in their own fields or with hired producers, which employ hundreds of workers, because it is a food that is produced entirely manually.
"They are specialized day laborers and the harvest is mainly done by women because it is a delicate crop at the time of cutting; Health and safety practices are the key, because the fields and packaging must be certified, complying with the phytosanitary protocol of each country ", Dijo.
Jalisco is among the most dynamic producers of berries, as it has national leadership in blueberry and raspberry plantations. It is the second in blackberry and fourth in strawberry, he said.
Mexico is the fourth exporter of these strawberries in the world, after Spain, the United States and the Netherlands.
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