· The countryside is experiencing a different, positive reality from that of just four years ago, he said.
· Mexican agrifood activity has increased productivity and also produces more wealth for the benefit of families living in rural areas engaged in farming and fishing.
Mexico is the world’s leading producer of avocado, tomato, mango and papaya, as well as barley for beer production and agave for tequila, the second largest producer of squash, lemon and watermelon and the third largest producer of eggplant, bell pepper, cucumber, raspberries, blackberries, celery and lettuce, he noted.
Agrifood activity in the first half of the year grew 3.3 percent more than average national growth.
·The president inaugurated the 78th Extraordinary National Congress of the CNC, “Mexico’s Productive Revolution”
As he inaugurated the 78th Extraordinary National Congress of the National Farm workers’ Confederation (CNC), “Mexico’s Productive Revolution,” President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that, as promised a few months ago, the backlog of 150,000 pending cases in the Agricultural Courts has been cleared, for the benefit of those living in the countryside.
At the event held in the People’s Auditorium of this capital city, the president declared that, “The Mexican countryside is experiencing a positive, very different reality from the one that existed four years ago”.
“Nowadays, Mexican agrifood activity has increased productivity and also produces more wealth for the benefit of families living in rural areas who are engaged in farming and fishing,” he explained.
He explained that in recent years, this sector “Has experienced more growth than other economic activities”. He explained that the first six months of this year, “Agriculture grew by more than 4.2 percent, higher than the rate for other economic sectors”.
He explained that, “Agrifood activity during these first six months has grown 3.3 per cent more than average national growth”.
President Peña Nieto said that, “Nowadays, agrifood activity is more productive; more is produced and more income is generated for Mexican families”.
“For over 23 years, Mexico had been unable to achieve a surplus in its exports; in other words, we are now producing and exporting more than what the national market demands. For the first time in over 23 years, we are producing more exports than what we are importing in agrofood products” he said.
Mexico is the largest producer of avocado, tomato, mango and papaya, in addition to barley for beer production and agave for tequila production. “70 per cent, seven out of every ten avocados consumed in the world are produced in Mexico,” he said.
Mexico is the second largest producer of zucchini, lemon and watermelon; and third largest of eggplant, bell pepper, cucumber, raspberry, blackberry, celery and lettuce.
In other words, we are a nation that produces food for ourselves, for our own consumption, but also we bring this wealth of domestic production to other markets, where we are opening more and more markets to enable Mexican products reach the tables of households in other parts of the world”.
The president said that the government, “Proposed, from the start of this administration, to achieve a major transformation on several fronts”. We are a government that not only decided to administer what we receive but also to promote changes that will give Mexico the opportunity to grow more quickly, have more development and above all, guarantee that tomorrow, the new generations will have more opportunities and scope for personal fulfillment”.
"That could not only be done by managing what we receive; we had to drive a transformation and the countryside has been one of the main priorities for this government. We not only have to achieve more production but actually convert the countryside, reconvert production in the countryside so that it will add value to what is being produced,” he said.
After describing himself as, “A CNC member determined to continue promoting national transformation, particularly the transformation of the countryside, the president said that his government has been working, “On one of the central goals we set in this sector: The technification of irrigation, and improving the use of water, which is sometimes so scarce, to produce more”.
“We proposed to reach 500,000 hectares, a goal that we will actually be surpassing because this year, the fourth of this administration, we will reach 450,000 hectares with technified irrigation to support rural productivity,” he said.
He added that through this technification of water use, “We are saving what is consumed in Mexico City in two years for production in the countryside through technified water”.
"And in addition to this, we are enabling these lands to make better use of water and produce more; so that for every cubic meter of water used, we can produce more, and the figures are there: previously, for each cubic meter, only 1.5 kilograms of different crops were produced. Today the indicator is 1.8 kilograms of agricultural production; in other words, more production with less water,” he said.
He stressed that his government, “Has not stopped investing in the countryside. This government has invested more in the countryside than in any other year during this administration. In fact, to support farmers, we have invested over 63 billion pesos.”
President Peña Nieto stressed that his government will, “Continue to support this sector, particularly through the mechanization of the countryside, supporting them with tractors, harvesters, equipment for the countryside, which will increase the productivity of the countryside through modernization and mechanization”.
He said that the goal of his administration is to deliver 25,000 tractors to support the mechanization of the countryside.
He said that another important action by this administration has been to provide loans for the countryside. “Nowadays, credit for the countryside is cheaper, with rural producers paying a lower interest rate and less than what financial institutions used to charge them.
He explained that, in addition, in the design of financial policy for the countryside, “Not only did we lower interest rates but we also lowered rates further to support the productive work of rural women, who are the pivot of development, accompany national development and warrant special attention effort to accompany the growth and development of our countryside”.
“We have invested to support financing for the countryside, over 21 billion pesos,” in order to, “use guarantees to increase loans for the countryside of over 171 billion pesos, the sum currently being invested in providing cheaper loans for the countryside,” he said.
President Peña Nieto said his government is also working to strengthen the country’s infrastructure. He reminded the residents of Nayarit that one of their commitments is the Centennial Canal, currently under construction, which will be completed to support the irrigation of over 50,000 hectares in Nayarit.
He also reported that eroded land, where production is not allowed today, will be recovered. “The goal is to recover 200 hectares of eroded land that will allow us to increase production, but above all the value of what we are producing here,” he said.
He explained that another policy to benefit the countryside has been the Countryside in Your Hands Program, which includes several specific actions to invest funds in support of rural women.
THE MEXICAN COUNTRYSIDE IS NOW PRODUCING MORE THAN EVER BEFORE; IT IS A SUCCESS STORY: CALZADA ROVIROSA
José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, said that, “Today, as never before, the Mexican countryside is producing. And this is thanks to a modern vision that has to do with innovation, technology, mechanization, the support of small farmers, and above all, supporting women producers.”
Also, “Thousands and thousands of young people now see the countryside as a destination, an opportunity to contribute to their families, but also to contribute to the nation. Today, we have a more productive countryside and we want it to be a more equitable countryside".
He said that in recent years, many success stories have been written in the countryside, from its modernization to greater investment and opening up commercialization channels with other countries. “The whole of the Mexican countryside is a success story,” he said, adding that on instructions from the president, public spending on the countryside was used responsibly and effectively.
WITHOUT THE FOOD WE PRODUCE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, MEXICO’S TRANSFORMATION WOULD NOT ADVANCE: ROBERTO SANDOVAL
Governor of the State of Nayarit Roberto Sandoval Castañeda said that the rural sector is the most important one in the economy, “Because without the countryside, there would be no food. Food produces better development in the field, better development at work, better development in the economy, better health development and better development in education”.
"So without the food we produce in the countryside, Mexico’s transformation would not advance,” he said and thanked President Peña Nieto for boosting the economy of the Nayarit countryside, in which its producers are national leaders in mango, avocado, sour sop, jackfruit and shrimp production.
He said that the government would support the state's largest hydro-agricultural work, the Centennial Canal, which will allow the Nayarit countryside to produce five times more than what has been produced in the state in the past century-
THE FARM WORKERS’ SECTOR CONFIRMS ITS SUPPORT OF THE TRANSFORMATION OF MEXICO PROMOTED BY PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO: CNC
Senator Manuel Cota Jiménez, president of the National Farm Workers’ Confederation (CNC), acknowledged President Enrique Peña Nieto as an ally of Mexican farm workers. He said the farm workers’ sector supports the president to achieve the Mexico required by this era of transformation.
”This is difficult to achieve, and only a statesman can do so, and you've done it. So count on us. We can count on you, as you have counted on us,” he said.
He highlighted the increase in loans granted by Nacional Financiera (NAFIN) during the current federal administration: “Before there were a lot of loans for a few people but now they are available for many people”. The CNC president also highlighted the results obtained through the National Program for the Mechanization of SAGARPA, which modernizes the countryside to provide more opportunities for Mexican producers.