For the fourth consecutive year, Michoacán consolidated itself as the number one producer of strawberries in the country and the leading producer of blackberries in Mexico. The town of Los Reyes is the world capital of blackberries, as it is the place that produces the most and the best blackberries in the world. Furthermore, Zamora has the biggest strawberry planted and production area in the country.
Thus, for the first time, the 4th International Aneberries Congress (Asian Market, a window of opportunity), which will take place from 20 to 22 August in the city of Morelia, will be held in the entity.
The president of the National Association of Producers and Packers of Berries, Mario Alejandro Andrade Cardenas said Mexico was a big producer of strawberries and that Michoacán was the national leader of blackberry production, which generated between 70,000 and 80,000 jobs in the state of Michoacán.
“Michoacán has a privileged geographical position and climate, as it has the ideal climate to produce these fruits, and production can be easily distributed to the entire country and abroad. We hope that the Congress will be attended by some 700 to 800 producers, traders and the general public,” he concluded.
The Director of Information and Press of the General Coordination of Social Communication, Eduardo López Nolasco, said that the Congress’ slogan: Asian Market, a window of opportunity, made reference to the opportunity that these fruits had of reaching the million inhabitants in the Chinese market, which would generate a lot of income for the country.
According to the president of Aneberries, Michoacan is the number one producer of strawberries in the country, above northern Baja California and Jalisco, as it has a production area of 22,982 hectares, which produce 538,912 tonnes, representing a value of 9,094,490,860 pesos.
The state is the largest producer of blackberry in the country as it has a planted area of 12,100 hectares and produces 128,000 tons worth 4,000 million pesos.
Michoacan has 8,600 hectares devoted to the strawberry production and produces 380,000 tons, more than northern Baja California, which has a planted area of 2,048 hectares.
It’s worth noting that, in terms of value, northern Baja California’s strawberry production beats Michoacán’s as it amounts to 4,946,567,750 pesos, while Michoacan’s production amounts to 4,000 million.