Agri-food and fish exports have exceeded $76 billion USD so far this Administration; 61 percent more than what was achieved in the same period during the previous administration, he said.

The president led the event to distribute equipment and incentives for the countryside in Michoacán.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that the government is very close to meeting the goal set at the beginning of the Administration to technify irrigation in 500,000 hectares throughout the country. “We will not only achieve it, but are even planning to go beyond the six-year goal,” he said.

He noted that when there is technified irrigation, production in the countryside increases, “And we are already very close to achieving the goal we set ourselves at the beginning of this Administration”.

He said that the number of hectares technified so far in his government “represent 30 percent more than the amount technified in the previous administration” during the same period.

As he led the event during which he handed over machinery and incentives for the countryside in Michoacán, the president also said that agri-food and fish exports have exceeded $76 billion dollars so far during this Administration.

”If we compare what we have managed to export in these three years and seven months of the administration, with the same period in the previous administration, it represents an increase of 61 percent," he said.

President Peña Nieto explained that this has meant, “That after 20 years, for the first time we have a surplus in the agrifood sector”. In other words, we export more agricultural products than what we have to import.”

He said that during the first quarter of this year, “The value of our agricultural exports exceeded $10 billion USD,” and if we keep up the pace, “this year we will not only have a surplus, but the value of our exports will reach a record of more than $30 billion USD”.

The president noted that the country's agricultural activity, “Is allowing us to achieve the goal we set for ourselves for the countryside: To make farming a fairer, more prosperous activity for those engaged in it; one that is much more sustainable, respects the environment, and is a more profitable, in other words, provides a higher income for farmers”.

During the event, the president handed over the keys to 500 tractors to farmers in Michoacán, as well as support certificates from the Corn Growers’ Incentive Program, letters of authorization from the Strategic Food Security Project (PESA), and extensionism prizes.

He said that the government has set the goal of delivering 25,000 tractors to the same number of farmers in the country until 2018. He announced that nearly 8,000 tractors have been delivered to date, and that another 6,000 will be delivered this year alone.

He said that in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Strategic Food Security Program (PESA) is being undertaken, which is “primarily dedicated to families with small plots of land that can be exploited to make them more productive, so that they can produce their own food there”.

He explained that in Michoacán, “There are nearly 7,000 families who benefit from PESA, and that nationwide, there are 160,000 families who receive productive support from this program.

WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSOLIDATE MEXICO AS THE WORLD’S MOST DYNAMIC, COMPETITIVE AND ECONOMICALLY VIABLE REGION: CALZADA ROVIROSA

Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa said that after Mexico began to open its economy, it became a much more competitive, productive country in the agribusiness sector.

He said that we have the opportunity to consolidate the country as the most dynamic, competitive and economically viable region in the world, noting that Mexico has a surplus balance in agricultural produce for the first time in the past 20 years.

Calzada Rovirosa said that the machinery delivered today on instructions from President Peña Nieto are instruments of progress: “What we can see over there are tools for progress, for our women and men, for people who have five or 20 hectares, who want to produce more and deserve to produce more”. "Today Mexico is synonymous with progress, Mexico plants success because we are the world’s twelfth largest food producer,” he explained.

THE FULL SPEED AHEAD PROGRAM IS HISTORIC BECAUSE OF THE FINANCING AND COORDINATION SCHEME BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS: SILVANO AUREOLES

Silvano Aureoles Conejo, Governor of the state of Michoacan, said that the Strategic Program for the Mechanization of the Mexican countryside, Full Speed Ahead, through which tractors were delivered to farmers today, “Is a historical program, not only because of the quality of tractors and agricultural implements, but also because of the financing scheme and coordination between government institutions, financial institutions, and public and private institutions ".

He declared that it is a public policy designed to enhance the competitiveness of those who, through their efforts, have made Michoacán a cutting-edge state in the rural sector but above all, for those who had so far been excluded from the support systems to modernize their production techniques.”

He explained that, “The goal is to go from being one of the most backward states in machinery and agricultural implements, to being a national leader with modern, cutting-edge agriculture, with thousands of tractors, plows, rakes and planters, and first-world agricultural irrigation techniques.”

For Michoacán, he added, “The time has come to move from commitment to results, from words to facts, showing how goals are transformed into actions and tangible benefits”.

MICHOACÁN SOIL WILL SMELL OF INNOVATION, THE INNOVATION PROMOTED BY GOVERNMENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE WORK OF THEIR PRODUCERS: BENEFICIARY OF PIMAF AND PESA PROGRAMS

Patricia Olivia Padilla Valdez, a farmer and beneficiary of the Incentives for Maize and Bean Programs (PIMAF) and the Strategic Food Security Project (PESA) in the municipality of Salvador Escalante, Michoacán, said that, “After the delivery of tractors and their implements, Michoacán soil will smell of innovation, the innovation governments are promoting in conjunction with the work of their farmers”.

She explained that she is already a beneficiary of federal government programs through SAGARPA such as PIMAF and PESA, and on behalf of the farmers, she declared that she, “Like many of you, is the tenacious product of faith in planting and harvesting; I'm getting a tractor with agricultural implements”.