The rains registered in Colima have caused a decrease in the production of pitahayas in municipalities such as Piscila, where the harvest was half as big as in the previous year, stated Enrique Garcia, a producer. "The plants started to flower in April. In other years, they already have pitahayas by April.
The heavy rains of the past few days in the region of Soconusco, in the state of Chiapas, have caused irreversible damage to the rambutan harvest in the municipalities of Metapa, Frontera Hidalgo, Suchiate, Tuxtla Chico, and Cacahoatan, among others. According to the producers, the fruit was mainly affected by thermal shock, caused by the recent tropical storms that have hit the state.
Many of Mexico's citrus-growing areas are suffering significant, unrelenting drought. That's led to a decrease in total citrus production compared to last year. Orange yields are expected to drop by 45%. This meager orange supply for processing affects exports. These exports are of fresh, concentrated orange juice to the United States.
The sanitary crisis has slowed the export of mangoes in the East Isthmus zone, Oaxaca, where 2,500 producers harvest more than 10 million boxes of mango from 30,000 hectares of crops, according to Luis Eduardo de los Santos, the head of the "Mangueros Unidos de San Pedro Tapanatepec y Chahuites" Local Board of Plant Health.
February so far has brought unusual weather to Mexico which has caused issues for the Mexican winter vegetable programs. Bridges Organic Produce works with partners in Mexico in the Hermosillo, Culiacan, and Guaymas regions and fortunately remains in relatively good shape, with only three of their five partner fields seeing some damage and the damage is minimal compared with many other growers.
Banana growers in the Mexican state of Colima face a serious situation due to the damage left by Hurricane Lorena. The hurricane destroyed 3,600 hectares of bananas affecting more than 160 producers in Manzanillo and Cihuatlan, said the president of the Banana Producers Regional Union, Francisco Hueso Alcaraz.
The intense drought that has continued this year has caused a 50 percent reduction in sugarcane production in fields along the Rio Hondo. According to head of the Sugar Producers Union, Martín Barajas, they have only managed to harvest 970,000 tons of sugarcane for the 2019 season, a significant decrease from the previous year.
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