Tomato exports from Mexico grew 6.7% from January to July 2021

Tomato exports from Mexico grew at an interannual rate of 6.7% from January to July 2021, to 1 million 180,586 tons, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture.

In the last six years, this vegetable has had a growing trend in its production and is exported mainly red (tomato).

In fact, according to USDA projections, Mexico broke a record in its tomato exports in 2020 and will reach a new all-time high in 2021.

Mexican tomato exports totaled 2.609 million dollars in 2020, an increase of 20.5% at the annual rate.

How is the tomato? It is a herbaceous plant of 15 to 60 cm in height sensitive to frost, with a pivoting root system, deep and little branched. It has alternate slightly ovate leaves.

Its stem is long and its branches are covered in the shape of a heart; Its flowers are monoetal, yellowish and with dark spots.

In addition, the green tomato contains medicinal properties that help treat respiratory problems, earaches, stomach inflammation and high blood pressure.

In particular, Sinaloa ranks as the main producer of green tomato with a volume, with a share of 28.5% in 2019.

Tomato exports

According to the USDA, the reopening of the restaurant and hotel industry in the United States and Mexico, the certainty provided to growers by the recently renegotiated United States-Mexico Tomato Suspension Agreement, and good export prices have encouraged increased planting of tomato.

The USDA estimates that Mexican tomato exports for the 2021-2022 season (October-September) would total 1 million 830,000 tons, this is 2% higher than the previous cycle due to constant demand from the United States and a wide supply.

For the 2020/2021 season, USDA projected exports would be 1 million 800,000 tons.

At the same time, the USDA forecasts that tomato production in Mexico will recover slightly from last year, thanks to a more stable climate and sufficient levels of rainfall in Sinaloa, the main producing state.


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