Jalisco joins Michoacán, a state that for 25 years has been the only entity certified to sell the so-called green gold to the US market.
“In 2021, Jalisco exported 113,000 tons of fresh avocado, mainly to Canada, Japan and Spain. Today we join the United States”, highlighted the head of Agriculture, Víctor Villalobos.
In 1996, Mexico produced 790,000 tons of avocado and last year it exceeded 2.4 million tons of green gold, that is, in 25 years the production of this fruit tripled, which is consumed in 51 countries around the world.
“With Jalisco and Michoacán, what happened this season will not happen to us. Last year we stopped shipping 200,000 tons; Two seasons ago we shipped 1 million 116.00 tons, last year we shipped 915,000 tons,” said the president of the Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocados from Mexico (APEAM), José Luis Gallardo.
The goal is, Gallardo said, that the avocado that is produced in other entities, such as Morelos, Puebla, Colima, Guerrero, among others, also reaches the United States and other parts of the world.
Víctor Villalobos highlighted that the arrival of avocado from Jalisco in the United States is thanks to the phytosanitary and quality certification of the product.
He added that the avocado industry in Jalisco generates more than 12,000 direct jobs and 22,000 indirect jobs.
During the event, producers and the government recognized the US will to achieve the entry of Jalisco avocado to their country, as well as the commitment on the part of Mexico for a sustainable production and for the care of natural resources.