According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader), in the first half of 2022, Mexican exports of berries (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, unclassified) totaled 467,153 tons reflecting an 8.8 percent increase compared to the same period last year, reaching $2.4 billion, as reported by Mexico-Now.
The president of the National Association of Berry Exporters (Aneberries), Jose Luis Bustamante Fernandez, said that, in coordination with federal authorities, work is being done to promote productive and inclusive agriculture, with care for natural resources, especially in optimal water management for this subsector.
Shipments abroad of unclassified berries reached 369 tons with a value of $1.4 million and growth of 609 percent when compared to the same period last year. Blueberries registered 58,043 tons with a value of $513 million and on increase of 5.02 percent year-on-year.
Raspberries totaled 79,679 tons with a value of $746 million, 16.13 percent more when compared to the same period last year.
Strawberries reached 272,172 tons with a value of $748 million, 3.84 percent more when compared to the same period last year, and blackberries reached 56,899 tons with a value of $481 million, an increase of 39.09 percent year-on-year.
Sader stated that the berry subsector generates more than 500,000 direct jobs across 22 Mexican states.