Mexico has become a benchmark in the world tomato market, whose exports are mainly directed to the United States, with a trade surplus of two thousand 306 million dollars in 2021 and sales to Canada, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium. and Singapore, among other markets, reported the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER).
The tomato or tomato is one of the crops with the greatest technification and, of course, one of the most profitable, since a third of the planted area is located in protected agriculture, from which 67 percent of the production volume is obtained, pointed out the head of the federal agency, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula.
When participating in the event: “Our Wealth: The Tomato”, he indicated that the fruit has registered an average growth of 9.5 percent in the last 10 years; At the end of 2020, a volume of three million 271 thousand tons was obtained, in an area of more than 45 thousand hectares and a per capita consumption of 13.4 kilograms.
It is the most cultivable vegetable both for national consumption and for export, since it is produced in all the states of the country led by Sinaloa, which contributes 20 percent of the national volume, followed by San Luis Potosí, Michoacán, Zacatecas and Jalisco, express.
“For these and more reasons, today we dedicate a space to its celebration, to recognize the producers of this vegetable, promote its consumption, value its benefits for our health, claim its historical and cultural value, as well as disseminate scientific research. that is made around the tomato”, highlighted Villalobos Arámbula.
The coordinator of Historical and Cultural Memory of Mexico, Eduardo Villegas Megías, pointed out that the tomato, in addition to its nutritional value, is the axis of the flavors of Mexican cuisine, constitutes dishes of international gastronomy and is of fundamental importance for Mexico, all time that the country is one of the largest producers in the world.
At the conference organized in Morelos by the Ministry of Agriculture, he highlighted the work of the National Lottery in disseminating tomato production and consumption: “From the National Lottery, what we find are multiple bridges to the public and it is an extraordinary way of doing visible to the fruit.
The general director of the National Lottery, Margarita González Saravia Calderón, stressed that the commemorative ticket is a recognition of the producers of Morelos, who with effort, organization and dedication guarantee the supply of this essential ingredient to make the dishes that characterize Mexican food.
Accompanied by the Secretary of Agricultural Development of the state of Morelos, Katia Isabel Herrera Quevedo, reported that the tickets for the 1564 Zodiac Raffle will be a showcase to spread our wealth, the tomato, in the 12,000 points of sale in the country that will offer two million 400 thousand pieces, with a cost of 20 pesos, while the series or whole is 400 pesos.
The draw will be held on Sunday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m., and in this edition there will be a Grand Prize of seven million pesos in a series and a distributable bag of 24 million pesos in prizes, he said.