Mexican tomato growers in the northern regions may have been suffering from a prolonged drought, but it appears that production for the 2021-22 season will be 3.7 million tons, compared to 3 million tons in the previous season. Folders for the next campaign.
The study indicated that the expansion of the sector towards greenhouses and other technological methods of production is largely behind the high season yields, a phenomenon that occurs both in the major producing states and in areas of lower volume.
Despite the unusually dry conditions in some production areas, the USDA revealed that no major shortages have been reported so far due to weather-related difficulties.
The report’s authors also noted that if production conditions in normal open fields are not affected and the sector continues to invest in greenhouse and shade technologies, 2022-23 is likely to match official production estimates for 2021-22 by 3.7 million tons.
On the export side, quantities destined for the major US market are expected to decrease slightly from 1.76 million tons in 2020-21 to 1.7 million tons in 2021-22.
However, if growing conditions continue and US demand continues to rise, the entity expects exports to grow to 1.9 million tons by 2022-2023.
Mexico’s tomato season runs from December to April from Sinaloa – the country’s largest tomato producer with 23% of production – before moving on to San Luis Potosi, followed by Michoacan, Baja California, Zacatecas, Morelos, Puebla and Jalisco between May and November.
The United States remains by far the largest export market for Mexican tomatoes, receiving about 91% of shipments, and absorbing nearly all of Mexico’s supply of fresh, exportable tomatoes, according to the USDA.
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