Mexico, The World’s Third Largest Exporter of Strawberries


Mexico is one of the largest exporters of strawberries globally. In 2018, Spain, the United States, and Mexico led exports of this fruit, followed by the Netherlands, Belgium, Egypt, Morocco, South Korea, Germany, and Greece.

Strawberry crops adapt very well to many types of climates, despite them being very demanding in terms of soil conditions and reacting quickly to any biotic or abiotic stress, which leads to a significant decrease in their commercial performance.

In Mexico, the Ministry of Agriculture recommended producers, packers, and exporters to invest in the maintenance and improvement of plant health. They also suggest producers start negotiations with other countries to obtain the phytosanitary requirements for export and thus achieve diversifying exports.

The Ministry also recommends promoting intellectual property protection schemes – such as geographical recognition of origin and collective or certification marks – that allow positioning high-quality strawberries in markets with greater purchasing power, as well as allocating more strawberry to Mexico’s agribusiness.

Another suggestion is strengthening a position to avoid the implementation of non-tariff measures that would restrict Mexican strawberry trade in export markets. To achieve this, the Ministry of Economy and the Permanent Mission of Mexico at the WTO need to monitor the sanitary and phytosanitary measures (see equivalence) and technical barriers to trade (see labeled labeling) that members notify the WTO.

Due to the type of technology being applied to the crop (such as the use of cover and irrigation), it is best to do it in lines of 70 to 80 cm wide and 20 cm high. Two rows of plants, 40 cm apart from each other, are placed at a depth where the root neck is at ground level so that the roots are not exposed or the crown buried.

By Fresh Plaza