EFE.- The head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (issued), said today, Tuesday, that tomatoes or Mexican tomatoes (red tomatoes), one of the most profitable crops for the country, recorded an average growth of 9.5% in the past ten years. . Mexico, Victor Manuel Villalobos.
The official pointed this out during the “Our Wealth: Tomatoes” event. At the end of 2020, a volume of 3.27 million tons was obtainedWith an area of more than 45 thousand hectares, the per capita consumption is 13.4 kilograms.
The official said that vegetables are “the most amenable to cultivation, whether for national consumption or for export, as they are produced in all states of the country.”
The state of Sinaloa leads production, contributing 20% of the national volumeIt is followed by San Luis Potosi, Michoacan, Zacatecas and Jalisco.
“That is why we dedicate this day a space to celebrate it, to learn about the producers of this vegetable, to promote its consumption, to appreciate its benefits in our health, to claim its historical and cultural value, as well as to disseminate the scientific research that is being done on tomatoes”, highlighted Villalobos.
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According to the data issued, Mexico is a benchmark in the global tomato market, as its exports are directed mainly to the United Stateswith a trade surplus of $2,306 million in 2021, and sales to countries such as Canada, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium and Singapore, among other markets.
Villalobos noted that tomatoes “are one of the most modern crops, and of course one of the most profitable, since One third of the cultivated area falls into protected agriculture, of which 67% is the production volume.
He explained that the tomato “is a local species that Mexico shares with the American Andean peoples and is considered a center of diversity as it has a wide genetic diversity” in size, colors and flavors, and it belongs to different types of wild, local and cultivated animals. .
While the coordinator of Historical and Cultural Memory of Mexico, Eduardo Villegas, noted that tomatoes add to their nutritional value.It is the centerpiece of the flavors of Mexican cuisine.constitute dishes (dishes) of international gastronomy and are of fundamental importance to Mexico, where the country is one of the largest producers in the world.
At the conference organized by Sader in the state of Morelos, neighboring Mexico City, the importance of naming the tomato, whose word comes from Nahuatl and is present all over the world, was highlighted. For example, he said, in Russian it is called “Tamat”, emphasizing the presence of Nahuatl to designate this product.
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