According to the USDA, the Mexican acreage of tomatoes in protected agriculture has grown rapidly over the last couple of years up to 15,198 hectares in MY 2016/17. The acreage is still growing, but growth has slowed down to less than 1,000 hectares per year. But hey - that's still 1,000 hectares per year - and then there's the other greenhouse products that are on the rise as well. "Thanks to this growth and thanks to our market expanding amongst existing customers, we see a continuous growth", the Riococo team explains.
For the eight-consecutive year, Riococo will be taking part in the Expo Agroalimentaria Guanajauato 2018 in Irapuato. Mexico is an important market for Riococo coir substrate. "We started our business in Mexico in 2006. Our market in Mexico expands every year," said Shan Halamba of Riococo. This includes large leading companies as well as smaller growers, existing and new companies. "We are proud to work with both of them. To all of them it is important to get a substrate solution that fits their requirements."
According to Alex Avila, Sales Manager in Mexico, the atmosphere in the Mexican industry is very good and the spirit of the hydroponics growers is positive. "Many growers are driven to become very good producers with increasing production in every year, that's why it is also a busy time for us supplying them with the necessary materials needed to become more successful," he said.
He explains how an uninterrupted supply is one of the reasons the Mexican growers are keen on working with them, as well as the quality of the material. "Our substrates contribute to better quality and better yields and nothing is left to chance. Thanks to our facilities we did not have any supply issues for all these years we have been serving to this market." Mexico is one of 51 countries Riococo supplies. "Our products and this global presence give more confidence to the growers to work with Riococo in Mexico."
The exhibition Expo Agro Alimetaria Guanajuato is one of the most important events for the company. "So we can educate the growers with current industry trends and our new developments though our R&D. It is also the place to catch up with them and prepare for the new season," added Alex.