SADER: “Our main challenge is the consequences of climate change”

The Guadalajara Seminar on June 5 and 6 will be the opportunity to address the main challenges that have arisen in the berry industry, both on the farm and in the markets.

The Mexican berry industry is in full expansion and development, not only in quantity, but also in the quality of its fruit. Specifically, the blueberry industry is preparing to exceed 80 thousand tons of exported production and compete in the main markets in the world.

On this path of growth, union and state organizations have done a great job of promoting and supporting the berry industry and the agricultural sector in general, especially in the state of Jalisco, which is why we spoke with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ana Lucía Camacho Sevilla, in an extensive interview published in Blue Magazine, from which we extracted some passages.

What is the reality and projections of Mexican berry crops?

We can say that berries in Mexico walk alone. It is a self-sufficient agroindustry that is undoubtedly a leader in terms of exports and is also a key element in moving our countryside. In Jalisco we are proud of this sector that adds to the development of producers and that increasingly works based on practices that contribute to sustainability.

In our territory, 14 hectares are destined for the cultivation of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries), because the climate we have in Jalisco has been beneficial for production. And that fills us with pride, but also with a commitment to ensure that the growth of this industry is in an orderly manner.

Lic. Ana Lucía Camacho Sevilla –Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. (SADER)

According to official figures from the SIAP (Agri-Food and Fisheries Information System), Mexico produces almost 800 thousand tons of berries, of which more than 562 thousand tons are exported. And I believe that another issue of great importance for economic development is that this agribusiness generates jobs. In Jalisco there are more than 130 thousand, which is undoubtedly of great importance for the municipalities where the plantations are located.

What are the main challenges that Mexican agricultural activity must face?

In general, and I believe this is not only the responsibility of Mexico, but of the entire world, food production activities have the consequences of climate change as their main challenge. This is unstoppable, but I think we still have time, not to reverse it, but to implement productive practices with which we can be more efficient each time. The population is constantly growing and we have to see how we produce more with less, being more resilient, more adaptable, with greater technologies, with better genetics in plants, in animals... and I think that we are taking good steps from SADER to be able to push the field of Jalisco did that with the implementation of the “Countryside Action for Climate Change” program.

International Meeting

On June 5 and 6, the XXXI International Blueberry Seminar in the Hard Rock Hotel facilities and in its program – which covers two days – the topics that most interest Mexican berry producers and businessmen will be addressed, both with regard to the farm, cultivation and its management, as well as that are related to the new genetic offer, the challenges of the climate, the fight against pests and diseases, and the behavior of the market and the commercial opportunities that are opening up for Mexican berries.

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