The mexican tomatoone of the most profitable crops for the country, it has registered an average growth of 9.5% in the last 10 years, indicated this Tuesday the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (saddest) from Mexico, Victor Manuel Villalobos.
During the event “Our Wealth: The Tomato”, the official pointed out that at the end of 2020 a volume of 3.27 million tons was obtained, in an area of more than 45,000 hectares and a consumption per capita of 13.4 kilograms.
It is the vegetable “most cultivable both for national consumption as well as for export since it is produced in all the states of the country”, said the official.
Production is led by the state of Sinaloa, which contributes 20% of the national volume, followed by San Luis PotosiMichoacan, Zacatecas and jalisco.
“That is why we dedicate this day a space to its celebration, to recognize the producers of this vegetablepromote its consumption, value its benefits for our health, claim its historical and cultural value, as well as disseminate the scientific research that is done around the tomato”, highlighted Villalobos.
According to data from the saddestMexico is a benchmark in the world tomato marketwhose exports are directed mainly to United Stateswith a trade surplus of 2,306 million dollars in 2021, and sales to countries such as Canada, JapanUnited Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates, Belgium and Singapore, among other markets.
Villalobos recalled that the tomato “It’s one of the crops with higher technology and of course one of the more profitablesince a third of the planted area is located in protected agriculture, from which 67% of the production volume is obtained.
He explained that the tomato “is a native species that Mexico shares with the Andean peoples of America and is considered a center of diversification by having a wide genetic variability”, in size, colors and flavors, belonging to various accessions of wild, native and cultivated tomato.
Meanwhile, the coordinator of Historical and Cultural Memory of Mexico, Eduardo Villegaspointed out that the tomato, in addition to its nutritional value“It is the axis of the flavors of Mexican cuisine, it constitutes dishes (dishes) of international gastronomy and it is of fundamental importance for Mexico, since the country is one of the world’s largest producers”.
At the conference organized by the saddest in the state of Morelos, a neighbor of Mexico City, the importance of naming the tomato was highlighted, whose word comes from Nahuatl and is present throughout the world. For example, he said, in Russian it is called “tamat,” emphasizing the presence of Nahuatl to name this product.
With information and image from EFE