From August 24 to 26, conferences and talks were held in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. In addition, businesses were consolidated in the commercial area, and meetings were conducted between vegetable marketers and producers, as well as with expert lawyers about the Suspension Agreement and the fresh tomato export process. It was the XIV AMHPAC Annual Convention taking place.
The event was organized by the Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture AC (AMHPAC) and attended by nearly 400 national and international leaders of the produce industry, agricultural producers, public officials, representatives of the supply chain, researchers, and consultants related to this sector.
For the first time, the secretary of SADER, Dr. Víctor Villalobos, was present, who opened the event by noting that the primary sector is calling to reinvent agri-food systems in a sustainable manner and supply healthy, safe, nutritious, and affordable food to the population.
While AMHPAC president Guillermo Jiménez Cárdenas said that despite adversities facing the sector, such as the rise in the price of supplies and the pandemic, the organization contributes to Mexico by exporting more than 1,300,000 tons of vegetables in 2021 with a value of around $1.4 billion.
More than 40 agricultural companies participated, with nearly 60 companies supplying inputs and services, including over 20 marketers and representatives of more than 10 allied organizations.
The program consisted of six conferences:
- Importance of Chapter 23 of the T-MEC: Labor: Aldo Mares Benavides, vice-president of labor welfare of the CNA, and Sergio Gómez Lora, CEO of the CCE Office in Washington.
- Trends in retail: brands, formats and how inflation is shaping consumer purchases: Pamela Riemenschneider, Blue Book Services.
- The outlook for the economy in a time of uncertainty: Enrique Quintana, vice-president and general editorial director of El Financiero.
- New tomato export scheme: Lola Aguirre, legal advisor, AMHPA
- Conversation: Problems of the Mexican Protected Industry: the panel included Rosario Antonio Beltrán, president of the National Tomato Product System; José Luis Bustamante, president of Aneberries; Guillermo Jiménez, president of the National Board of Directors of AMHPAC; Alfredo Díaz Belmontes, general director of AMHPAC
- One paddle stroke at a time in the right direction: Abraham Levy, the first man to navigate the coast of Mexico aboard a kayak.
This expo consisted of 42 stands attended by suppliers of supplies and services in the industry, including seed companies, greenhouse builders, marketers, generators of technology to strengthen plants, and packaging designers for export.
In addition, the first meeting was held with members of the fruit/vegetable sector, with the intention of reviewing issues such as labor, the Tomato Suspension Agreement, and support from SADER to attend to the special programs of the organizations.
• National Tomato Product System