SAGARPA guarantee historic food supply
The Secretary of Agriculture, Alberto Cardenas, expect that this year Mexico will produce 201 million tons of food, a figure never reached before in the history of the country The Agriculture Secretary Alberto Cardenas Jimenez, reported that the supply of food for this year in Mexico is guaranteed, as it expects production of 201 million tons of food, "a figure never reached before in the history of the country. Opening the Ninth Forum Expectations of Agrifood and Fisheries Sector, Cardenas Jimenez said that the amount of food means an increase of 4.9 million tonnes compared to previous years harvest and said that the primary sector will grow more than the population. At the forum, the deputy director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Harsha Vardhana Singh, stressed the importance of Mexico as a country leader in regional and global trade being the second largest food exporter in Latin America. This has been possible, he said, because the free trade agreements Mexico has signed and which have enabled it to diversify its products and increase their markets. Vardhana Singh explained that although its expected a drop in the food trade worldwide, in Mexico is expected to grow in the production, which will ensure the supply of the domestic market and to continue their exports. For its part, the Director of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Jesús López Antón, presented an analysis on agricultural production in todays global market reality, new trends, perspectives and actions faces a challenge. He mentioned that the main factors that influenced the increase of food prices on the world market, are the weather conditions, protectionist policies, speculative investment in financial markets and low level of inventories. In turn, Alberto Cardenas Jimenez said that in 2008 Mexico broked the records in the production of corn, sugar, milk, meat and eggs as well as forage crops and hoped that this year will exceed 201 million tons of food, produced 180 million tons in the agricultural sector, 18.99 million tonnes in livestock and 1.7 million in fisheries. Faced with researchers, specialists, producers, businessmen, ambassadors and experts of agriculture from 10 countries, Cardenas Jimenez said that the quick start of the budget year means to exercise in the first quarter of this year 42 thousand 754 million pesos, and is expected that in the first half of the year two thirds of the allocated resources have been pursued. He indicated that the average growth of the PIB in the primary sector for 2008 was 3.2 percent higher than that recorded by the Mexican economy that as a whole was 1.3 percent.