“Today we have for the first time in 20 years a surplus balance of the food industry for nearly a thousand 300 million pesos. It means that our producers are better, highly productive and competitive today”, said José Calzada. For the first time in 20 years, the food industry of the country reported a surplus trade balance for nearly a thousand 300 million dollars and export growth at least for the next two years is expected. “Today we have for the first time in 20 years a surplus balance of the food industry for nearly a thousand 300 million pesos. It means that our producers are better, highly productive and competitive today”, said José Calzada. The head of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) noted the increase in Mexican agro-food exports currently exceed those of the oil sector and tourism and remittances. In announcing the amount approved for this year SAGARPA, amounting to 84,000 pesos 837 million budget, the official said the value of exports at the end of
2015 could reach 28 billion dollars. This, he added, after last year were 25 billion and continuing the upward trend for 2016 would increase 10 percent and reach 30 thousand 500 million dollars. He stressed that at present, Mexico is the country number 12 in terms of production and exports in the world and the trend is positive, as the secret of productivity and competitiveness is innovation and modernization, with an extra importance is the government investment. Calzada Rovirosa acknowledged that it is now necessary to place greater emphasis on rural development and particularly for small producers, and stressed that the authorized amount for the following year will support 3.7 million farmers. He said that the areas that will benefit are mainly to promote agriculture with 22 billion pesos, whose main chapter the modernization of about 460 hectares, although it could reach 500 thousand hectares. He stressed that one of the important ingredients is related to productivity and competitiveness for almost five billion pesos. Sagarpa The official mentioned that there is also a substantial increase in fisheries where timely instruction to promote aquaculture is because Mexico has about 120 hectares and it is expected that the budget for 2016 can be covered five thousand hectares. On the other hand, it announced that on 22 and 23 November, Mexican officials will be in Cuba to seek opportunities to export to the island, totaling 74 billion dollars, which represents an important area of opportunity.
Mexico is interested in aquaculture in Cuba, particularly red tilapia and sea cucumber, while the island is interested in technological development of Mexico shrimp and tilapia. He announced that it will meet with Secretary of Food and Fisheries and the Secretary of Agriculture Cuba to install a technical committee and be present in this new commercial stage of the island. “Mexico wants to continue to participate in this market and we believe that with various actions, with the presence of Mexican businessmen on the island, Mexican exports to Cuba could double in three or four years”, he added.