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Mexico explores selling tomatoes, cucumbers and chili to Russia

The Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture, AMHPAC, is exploring the Russian market to market tomatoes, cucumbers, and chilli in it, said Alfredo Diaz Belmontes. Diaz Belmontes, the general director of the AMHPAC, said this was a great opportunity to sell Sinaloa's quality production.

"I was in Russia two months ago. Russia is the world's largest country, and it is also a very big market. They are very interested in Mexican vegetables and protected vegetables," he said.

"The only important issue we have to solve is the cost of transportation. We need to see how we can achieve competitive prices. As transportation costs really increases prices," he said.

"The difference in quality between the vegetable we produce and the vegetables they receive and consume is abysmal," he stated.

The specialist said that Russia imported vegetables from Israel and Europe, as the country had recently blocked the entry of vegetables from Turkey.

He recommended the producers from Sinaloa to diversify the range of products they had and to bet on pumpkins, onions, and asparagus because of the demand there was for this products in the international market.

The advantage of exploring the Russian market is that the Mexico wouldn't be as dependent on the United States, its main customer, as it currently is.

"We are finding other markets because having more markets makes us less vulnerable. We would stop depending on a single market, which right now is the American market; we would diversify our business portfolio, which would allow us to grow and diversify crops because we are finding an unmet demand for other crops in those markets," he said.

He also stated that they would seek to establish business meetings with Dubai next year, as that country could pay the high cost of transporting the products there.

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