• It is also the world’s leading avocado producer and beer exporter and fifth largest egg producer.
  • It is estimated that the value of agricultural exports to Mexico for this year will be $30 billion USD, which is higher than the income from oil, tourism, or remittances, he explained

As he inaugurated the first edition of the Mexico Food Show 2016, President Enrique Peña Nieto declared that Mexico is already the world’s twelfth largest food producer and expressed confidence that it would move up to eleventh place before the end of his administration.

He said that the government is working to achieve this objective, “By providing support through modernization, mechanization and more credit for agricultural activities”.

He added that in 2015, for the first time in the past 20 years, Mexico had a surplus balance in the sector; “In other words, we export more food than we import”.

The president stated that this year it is estimated that the value of Mexican agricultural exports will be $30 billion USD, which is higher, “Than the revenue from oil, tourism, and remittances”.

He pointed out that our country is the largest avocado producer. He reported that the world annually produces  two million tons of so-called “green gold,” 1.4 million of which  are produced in Mexico. “Seven out of every ten avocadoes consumed worldwide are produced in Mexico,” he explained.

He added that it took Mexican avocadoes 80 years to enter the US market, and nowadays, “On the day of the Superbowl alone, 100 million tons of avocadoes are eaten in the United States. And 80 percent of these are from Mexico”. He noted that the value of these 100,000 tons of avocado is $200 million USD.

He recalled the “Guacamole Challenge ,” in which the Secretaries of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Health, Foreign Affairs and Tourism will compete today in the framework of the Food Expo, and wished them luck.

The president said that Mexico also exports 400 liters of tequila a minute. It is the world’s leading beer exporter and ranks fifth in world egg production, with 120 million eggs a day.

He added that our country has also opened up new markets for domestic products, citing the outcome of his visit to various countries in the Arabian Peninsula as an example. After seeing our potential and, “Our capabilities, they were immediately interested in being able to import different food products from our country, which is what is happening today”.

He explained that, “The same happened with tequila, which has already reached a major market such as China, and the same is happening with other products”.

“That's what we do in many of these visits to other countries: we go there precisely to open up markets to Mexican products,” he added. He said that, “Our farmers would find it difficult to achieve this aim and this objective, unless they were accompanied by the government’s efforts”.

The president said the Mexico Food Show 2016, which will take place from December 8 to 10, “is designed so that in three days much of what is produced today in Mexico can be displayed”.

He said that never before had an exhibition of this size been staged to show what happens in Mexico, and it is estimated that, “In these three days, there will be sales of over 20 billion pesos”.

At the event, the president awarded two TIF Halal Certificates to Gusi Group and Sukarne Group, which will allow Mexican farmers to export to Middle East countries.

Afterwards, President Peña Nieto toured Mexico Food Show 2016.

AFTER 21 YEARS OF FREE TRADE WITH NORTH AMERICA, MEXICO’S EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES HAVE GROWN BY 635 PERCENT: JOSÉ CALZADA ROVIROSA

SAGARPA director José Calzada noted that the key message of the Mexico Food Expo 2016 not only has to do with Mexico as “a producing power, but also with the pride of being farmers in the Mexican countryside”.

He explained that Mexico Food Show 2016 is a paradigm shift that establishes a new pattern since its main objective is not only sales, but producers.

Stating that, “Mexico is the world’s twelfth largest food producer and we have to prove it,” he said that 21 years of the Free Trade Agreement with North America, exports from Mexico to the United States have grown by 635 percent. What the president  is doing through this meeting is sowing the future of Mexico, he declared.

Today, after 23 years, MEXICO HAS ACHIEVED A SURPLUS IN ITS AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF FARMERS: CNPR

Eduardo Orihuela Estefan, President of the National Confederation of Rural Landowners (CNPR), praised the president for his commitment to the agricultural sector. He said that today, after 23 years, Mexico has achieved a surplus in its agricultural exports, as a result of the firm support of its farmers”.

He also hailed the fact that in 2017 on the instructions of President Peña Nieto, there will be a budget that favors small producers, and, “Women and young producers who have fewer hectares and work every day to support their families, their communities and Mexican households”.

He said that the Mexico  Food Show 2016 restores the prestige of producers and gives them the importance and significance this sector has for the country. ”Here we have the opportunity to do business in a transparent, direct and agile way while proudly displaying what we do in our land. We will publicize our brands and generate transactions for the benefit of our economy”.

“Mr. President, Mr. Secretary, you can count on the CNPR to continue participating in the organization of the fair in 2017 and designing and promoting this project.” He added that, "Today we renewed the commitment to transforming the Mexican countryside by sharing your desire, which is our desire, to show the world the colors, flavors and above all, the greatness of Mexico”.

THE FOOD BALANCE HAS A RECORD SURPLUS OF $2.646 BILLION USD NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL COUNCIL

Benjamin Grayeb Ruiz, President of the National Agricultural Council (CNA), announced that the food industry is growing and showing significant dynamism.

He announced that, “During third quarter of this year, the GDP recorded a 4.8 per cent increase for primary activities; permanent jobs in rural areas rose by 7.4 percent and temporary jobs by 12 percent. Moreover, “Labor productivity for primary activities in the second quarter of 2016 shows growth of 5.3 percent and in October, agricultural exports grew by 12 percent”.

Grayeb said that food has shown a record surplus of $2.646 billion USD and that agri-food exports exceeded $26 billion USD in 2015 adding that, “This year, they are expected to reach approximately $30 billion USD”.

The CNA president said the countryside is a good investment, and that the Mexico Food Show is an example of how things can and should be done to benefit the sector.

MEXICO’S PRIMARY SECTOR HAS THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING CONSOLIDATED AS A WORLD FOOD SUPPLIER IN ADDITION TO GUARANTEEING NATIONAL FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: GOVERNOR MARIO LÓPEZ VALDEZ

Mario López Valdez, Governor of Sinaloa, said that in the current international context, “It is not only desirable to have a productive countryside, but diversifying exports is also an urgent and indispensable issue”. He thanked the president for his decision to promote this event, “Since it gives Mexicans the opportunity to establish agreements with the world and allows the world to know what is happening in Mexico”.

The Head of the Commission for the Countryside of the National Governors' Conference added that, thanks to the policies and strategies implemented by the government, the primary sector in Mexico has done well and now has a real possibility of consolidating Mexico as a food supplier in the world, in addition to guaranteeing national food sovereignty.

The Governor of Sinaloa said that it is time to, “Combine efforts and to defend Mexico with a single voice to raise the productivity and competitiveness of our countryside and to correct the structural distortions that curb development”.