·        He instructed SEDATU to ensure that the 53,000 freehold titles currently being processed be resolved no later than next March.

·        From now on, the process for obtaining freehold titles will not take no more than 60 days, he declared.

·        At the beginning of this administration, we set out to achieve 450,000 hectares with irrigation technology; to date, 420,000 hectares throughout the country are already in that condition, meaning that the goal will not only be achieved but overcome, he said.

·        Today we are producing more food and we are very close to achieving the FAO recommendation.

President Enrique Peña Nieto today confirmed his commitment to being a permanent ally of national agriculture, in order for it to "remain a place of fulfillment, and especially of decent livelihoods for those living in the countryside and their activity.”

As part of the commemoration of the 101st anniversary of the enactment of the 1915 Agrarian Law, the president declared that, “The Mexican President is an ally of rural women, youth and men," as borne out by the actions carried out to boost the country’s agricultural activity.

He explained that one factor that has permitted an increase in activity in the countryside is the fact that loans are increasing and becoming easier and cheaper. He explained that due to Financial Reform, the National Financer of Rural, Agricultural and Fisheries Development has granted loans totaling over 55 billion pesos, 77 percent higher than the amount provided a year before the Reform.

He recalled that in August 2014, he announced a specific financing program for small producers, with low interest rates and credits aimed specifically at rural women producers. He said that with this program, “We have managed to benefit more than 140,000 farmers through various loans.”

He declared that these loans have an expired portfolio of just over 2 percent, meaning that “rural men and women producers fulfill their promises, pay off their loans and thereby continue to maintain their access to credit.”

He said that, “This year we have assigned over 4.2 billion pesos for specific programs to support women producers in the countryside.”

“My Government will continue to support credit for the countryside. It will continue to support programs that benefit the countryside. We have re-structured several of them so that these programs will flow much faster and efficiently into the countryside,” he declared.

During the event, the president declared that the Ministry of Agrarian, Land and Urban Development (SEDATU), “Have been working to provide certainty to the owners of the land and those who work it. Over 1,107 property deeds have been issued for plots of land in Mexico covering an area of over 13,000 hectares.

He added that 36,000 freehold titles have been issued, and instructed the head of SEDATU to speed the process, “Of obtaining freehold titles, which used to take months. Over 53,000 applications are currently being processed.

He pledged that these 53,000 freehold titles, “Will be processed no later than March of this year.” He also promised that from now on this process, “Which is essential for those who own or work their land will take no longer than 60 days.”

The president noted that at the beginning of this administration, “We set out to achieve 450,000 hectares with irrigation technology, a goal we are about to achieve halfway through this administration.” He said that to date, 420,000 hectares in the country have modern irrigation, meaning that, “We are now in a position not only to achieve the goal but also to surpass it for the benefit of the Mexican countryside.”

He added that in this effort to modernize the country, “We have been supporting mechanization, with more than seven thousand tractors being delivered to the same number of producers.”

He added that, “We are investing in research, science and technology, which sometimes seems a rather abstract, distant and little understood subject, but in the end it determines whether farm products and production processes will be able to add greater value to the production of the countryside.” Thus, he continued, “We have built and supported the operation of nine National Centers for Innovation and Technology Transfer.”

President Peña Nieto said that, “We are enabling products made in Mexico to transcend our borders.” The free trade agreements, the trade liberalization we have promoted have enabled more Mexican agricultural products to be exported to other countries, which obtain significant foreign exchange earnings for the country,” he said.

In fact, he said, "The agrifood business is practically one of the three or four most important activities, and one of the most important economic activities of our country, and we will continue to grow and create opportunities and markets in other countries for products from the Mexican countryside.”

He explained that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommends that countries produce at least 75 percent of the products consumed by the population, “And proof of the fact that this government has supported agricultural activity is the fact that in the past three years, we have produced more food: We went from a rate of just over 60 percent of national production, to the current rate of 68 percent, just seven points away from the FAO’s recommendation.”

The president declared that Mexico is a country that now has virtually 22 million hectares of arable land, just 11 percent of its total area. “We have managed to ensure that this land has been technified, modernized and irrigated,” and today, 6 of those 22 million hectares are cultivated using some form of irrigation. In fact, he said, “Mexico is the country with the sixth largest amount of arable land with some form of irrigation.”


Manuel Cota Jiménez, the President of the National Farm workers’ Confederation, said that President Enrique Pena Nieto, “Has managed to act on the peasants’ behalf,” noting that, “Today, the Mexican countryside has a path and destination. And very precise ones, at that.

He declared that in regard to the countryside, the president, “Has done a good job with major problems that existed for decades and now, I am pleased to say: There are results. There is a president and a president of the farm workers.”

He announced that, according to the Global Economic Activity Index report, in September 2015, the countryside grew by 8.2 percent in comparison with 2014, while the economy as a whole grew by almost 3 percent.

Therefore, he said, “We will continue along that path. It is a path that is built and discussed, but in the end, you knows there is a commitment to the countryside and to Mexico.”


Governor of Veracruz Javier Duarte de Ochoa said that the countryside is crucial to Mexico’s development, noting that today, in President Enrique Peña Nieto, farmers have “The best ally for raising productivity and democratizing food.”

He explained that the country now has a government close to rural families, which fulfills its promises. In addition, “There is an unprecedented momentum in public policies aimed at increasing productivity and competitiveness to improve the incomes of rural families.”

“We now have a government determined to build a fairer, more productive, competitive, profitable and sustainable countryside," he added.

He declared that, “It is no coincidence that, despite the complex scenario of the global economy, our agriculture is experiencing a moment of great opportunities,” because, “It is the most dynamic sector in our economy, providing food security for Mexican families.”

He said that, “With concrete actions and proven results,” the president, “Has proved, through his actions, to be the president of the Mexican countryside.”

For the first time, he reported, this sector has a surplus agrifood trade balance, with more exports than imports.

He explained that 101 years since the enactment of the Agrarian Law of January 6, 1915, the causes of the countryside and the defense of the social rights of women and men, are inalienable commitments.