Mexico’s agricultural industry is an important sector for the country’s economy, and produce exports are of course critical. Mexico is the primary source of produce when local US and Canadian markets are dormant, with main exports being hot house, mangos, melons and avocados. Let’s look at a few of the popular products at the retail level right now.

Hot House Tomatoes

Primary growing regions are southern Nayarit and Sinaloa, and experts note that supplies out of these regions are presently very short. Shortages can be attributed to viruses and weather that are affecting quality when product goes for inspection. These regions have faced multiple nights of freezing temperature during the growing phase. These have not only affected quality but also set back harvesting by a couple of weeks. Roma and grape tomato varieties have been most affected because these crops are grown outside, not in sheltered shade/greenhouses.

However, the weather has helped the situation in the past few days by bringing a shot of warm weather to Culiacan. Supplies are predicted to improve in both volume and quality as adverse weather moves away from key growing regions. It will take about a month for these improvements to be seen at the retail level.

There is another key factor that may affect tomato supplies: the newly appointed Suspension Agreement’s inspection provision, which is set to be enforced at 100% by the beginning of April. This provision is in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture’s phytosanitary controls to prevent the spread of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus. Stricter inspection procedures will lead to a tighter supply.

Avocadoes

Mexico will be the primary source of all avocadoes in the US and Mexico until California product hits mid-April. Experts note that the market continues to climb, while supplies continue to tighten up. Small fruit is dominating the market right now, with large fruit being extremely limited. Demand is exceeding supply, so much so that suppliers are suggesting purchasers to look at #2 grade fruit as options to fill retailers’ needs.  Experts note that this demand exceeds supply situation to be present for the next few months.

Watermelon

Most current watermelons available on the west coast are harvested in Nayarit, MX and cross through Nogales, AZ. Supplies from this region are steady, with experts nothing moderate supplies to meet current demand. While watermelons are gaining in popularity year-round, we should see demand uptick in May.

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