Mexico, a world leader in the cultivation and export of tomato

Mexico has become a benchmark in the world market for tomatowhose 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 Arab Emirates, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium and Singapore, among other markets, reported the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development.

The tomato o Tomato is one of the most modernized crops 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, said the head of the federal agency, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula.

By participating in the event: “Our Wealth: The tomato“, 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. , he expressed.

“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 what is done around tomato“, highlighted Villalobos Arámbula.

He pointed out that the national cuisine is one of the largest in the world, with a variety of ingredients that reflect fragments of our history, elements of our culture and family memories, essential to understand why for Mexicans agriculture is more than an economic activity. .

He stated that the tomato It is a native species Mexico it shares with the Andean peoples of America and is considered a center of diversification as it has a wide genetic variability, in size, colors and flavors, belonging to various accessions of wild, native and cultivated tomatoes.

The tomatoaxis of the flavors of Mexican cuisine

The coordinator of Historical and Cultural Memory of MexicoEduardo Villegas Megías, pointed out that the tomatoIn addition to its nutritional value, it is the axis of the flavors of Mexican cuisine, it constitutes dishes of international gastronomy and it is of fundamental importance for Mexicosince 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 importance of naming the tomato, 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.

He highlighted the work of the National Lottery in disseminating the production and consumption of tomato: “From the National Lottery, what we find are multiple bridges to the public and it is an extraordinary way of making the fruit visible.”

Celebrate National Lottery at tomato with commemorative note

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, informed that the tickets of the 1564 Zodiac Raffle will be a showcase to spread Our Wealth, the tomatoin 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 at the “El Moro” Building 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 prize pool of 24 million pesos. pesos in prizes, he indicated.

Also participating in the event were the secretary of the National Chamber of the Restaurant and Seasoned Food Industry (Canirac) of Morelos, Harry Nielsen, and the representatives of the Group of Women Producers of Huitchila, Morelos, María del Consuelo Rodríguez Virgen, and the Committee National Product System Tomato, Manuel Cazares Castro.

In addition, an academic discussion was held in which the director general of the National Seed Inspection and Certification Service (SNICS), Leobigildo Córdova Téllez, and specialists from the universities of Guadalajara, Eduardo Rodríguez Guzmán; from the Autonomous University of Chapingo, Juan Enrique Rodríguez Pérez, and from the Autonomous Metropolitan University, Xochimilco campus, Laura Josefina Pérez Flores, as well as the member of the National Tomato Product System Committee, Magnolia Lugo Trinidad.

At the same meeting were the traditional cook from Xochimilco, Nora Lorena Estrada González, and from the Bajío Experimental Field of the National Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Livestock Research (INIFAP), Enrique González Pérez.