According to the president of the Association of Vegetable Producers of Yaqui and Mayo (APHYM), Carlos Alberto Esquer López, this year's first winter storm in the Mexican state of Sonora has yet to affect the agricultural crops set up in the southern parts of the state. Carlos Alberto says that the cold wave, which has also reached the northern states of Monterrey, Tamaulipas and Coahuila, has neither damaged the crops, nor delayed the cucumber, pumpkin and tomatillo harvests.

Quite the opposite; the cool morning and night temperatures have been beneficial to the development of the crops and has reduced the presence of some pests.

During the 2013/2014 agricultural season, APHYM's associates aim to set up around 10,000 hectares for vegetable cultivation, of which 9,000 have already been authorised.

In general terms, the planting cycle had a really good start, including that of newly established crops, such as protected horticulture cucumbers, open ground pumpkins, tomatillos and peppers.