The president of the Association of Vegetable Producers of Yaqui and Mayo (APHYM), Carlos Alberto Esquer López, pointed out that vegetable growing is one of the region's main agricultural activities in terms of revenue and employment generated.
He explained that planting has started for crops such as asparagus, potato, watermelon, melon, broccoli, onion, tomato, garlic, pumpkin and cauliflower, among others.
The activity is expected to generate 1.5 million salaries during the 2013/2014 cycle, in addition to 60 million dollars from exports and 500 million pesos from the commercialisation of products in the domestic market.
The president of APHYM explained that the horticultural cycle started in September with the same acreage and crops, except for asparagus, which will expand to an estimated 2,300 hectares."
Furthermore, he pointed out that 4,000 hectares will be devoted for potato cultivation and the rest will be planted with other vegetables.
Esquer López stated that growers in southern Sonora expect a good year as far as prices go.
He stressed that they will work in partnership with the Local Plant Health Board of the Yaqui Valley in order to meet the highest agricultural health standards.