Mexico has been known for feeding North America for decades. It is a major exporter of all types of food, especially vegetables. According to the International Trade Center (ITC), just in 2021, it exported $8,597 million dollars (mdd), a significant increase of 73% in the last ten years.
In the world $83,238 million dollars of these vegetables are exported, this tells us about the importance of Mexico since 10% of exports comes from our country. It should also be noted that 96% of these exports are to the United States; 1% to Canada and, surprisingly, 0.5% to Turkey, exporting chickpeas to the latter.
In 2021 the main vegetables exported from Mexico were: tomatoes with $2,538 million dollars, peppers with $1,529 million dollars, cucumbers with $627 million dollars, asparagus with $415 million dollars, onions with $413 million dollars, pumpkins with $394 million dollars and cauliflowers with $355 million dollars.
At the same time, of these exported vegetables, Sinaloa participates with approximately $1.1 billion dollars. In other words, Sinaloa contributes 12% of national exports. And if we want to go further, approximately 1% of world exports, which is not bad at all for our state!
Of course, Sinaloa’s main export products are tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Although we have a wide variety of produce available such as hard pumpkins (Kabocha, butternut, acorn), soft pumpkins (Italian, yellow, gray), hot peppers (jalapeño, serrano, poblano), brussels sprouts, eggplants, green beans, among many others. Without a doubt, we are a natural supermarket for Mexico and the world.
Sinaloa is such an important state in the winter that during the months of December to March, the possibility that you are consuming a tomato from Mexico in the USA is 50% and this percentage is higher for other vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers, or eggplants.
Feeding North America has been the result of enormous efforts and investments. These include investments in irrigation, production, and packaging technology. The use of new and improved seed varieties. And of course, full compliance with food safety and social responsibility criteria.
To continue leading, new technologies must be considered and applied to our fields immediately. Blockchain for traceability and safety. Artificial intelligence for yield and pest prediction. Big data for market prediction. Likewise, the continuity in obtaining certificates in safety, social responsibility, and sustainability will continue to be a priority.
As they say, sometimes we need a lawyer, a dentist, or a doctor. But every day we need the hard work of a grower.
Georgius Gotsis – Veggies From Mexico/ Eleven Rivers Growers CEO