Mexico to Strengthen Local Food Production


Food imports in Mexico have increased from 10 to 40 percent in the last decade. And more than 70 percent of food consumed by Mexicans comes from the United States, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

However, the USDA reports that the volume of U.S. sales to Mexico of grains such as corn, sorghum, barley, rye and oats could increase by 60.6 percent to stand at 16.7 million tonnes by 2020.

Hence food experts here have agreed on the need of a state policy aimed at strengthening national agricultural production and competitiveness.

According to a report by El Universal Mexican newspaper, the experts insist on diversifying the source of food purchases abroad, whose prices have been affected by the vagaries of the international market, especially in basic products such as wheat and corn.

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