The project will make it possible to export to Europe and Asia
With the start of construction of the first agro-industrial park in Puerto Chiapas, producers in the Soconusco region say this will provide them with great opportunities to add value to their products, create more jobs, start the export of the goods and look forward to a sustainable progress.
The president of the association of growers of Soconusco and the regulatory board of Ataulfo mangoes, Alfredo Cerdio Sánchez, said they have great prospects regarding this new infrastructure, which has started being constructed, because it will help growers in the region to continue cultivating, and in some cases, to reactivate the activity in places where it had been abandoned.
He noted that they have considered the dehydration and lyophilisation of mangoes as a way to add value, but above all, its processing for markets like the United States and Canada, while trade negotiations are carried out in China, where this Agro-park is already being promoted.
"We currently only export fresh fruit, but with this agro-industrial park we will add value to 30 percent of the fruit that can't be shipped due to external damage, even if the flesh is in very good condition. We will be able to manufacture mango purée and export it to Europe and Asia," he said.
As for the lyophilisation of mangoes, he said it will be a similar process to that carried out by the company Cafesca, located in the industrial complex of Puerto Chiapas, which aims to preserve the fruit's organoleptic characteristics, but also allows it to be transported over long distances without refrigeration or other special packaging.
Cerdio Sánchez reiterated that the setting up of this agro-park is a great opportunity for the area, where 10 hectares of mangoes are cultivated, as it will allow for the development of three projects: a fresh mango packer, a plant devoted to dehydration and the production of mango purée, and a tropical fruit lyophiliser.
"We are estimating that about 30 percent of the income of producers will come from these agro-industrial operations," he pointed out.
It is worth noting that until July 2014, the revenue generated by agro-food trade between Mexico and the EU amounted to 1223.7 million Euro, representing an increase of 3.6 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.
It was reported that agro-food trade between both regions recorded an average annual growth rate of 10.56 per cent between 2009 and 2014.
Publication date: 11/4/2014