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Mexico: Sonora's tomato seedlings are free of pests
The tomato seedlings that have been transplanted in nearly 1,300 hectares in Sonora are still free of diseases and pests, said Manuel Antonio Cazares Castro.
The region's weather has helped these plants, which remain strong and haven't had setbacks, said the president of the Tomato Product System (SPT) in Sonora.
"We'll see if we can achieve the goal of planting 1000 to 1300 hectares of saladez tomatoes in Sonora this year. Right now we have transplanted 60% of the plants," he said.
This year's goal, he said, is to collect about 350,000 tons for export, just like in the previous cycle.
He said the first harvests would take place in the second half of March 2017, and that prices should continue to be positive.
"Tomatoes have had good prices, but Sinaloa's production still hasn't come out. Things will change when it comes out. So far, prices have been good. Regarding prices, the exchange rate benefits us. However, the exchange rate also hurts us regarding inputs. We are very optimistic," he said.
The outlook is positive for production, quality, and safety. "Producers are reinforcing soil hydration, so that the land is moist and the frost doesn't affect the crops, so that things continue well for the remainder of the year and in the cold," he said.
Publication date: 12/15/2016
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