He specified that in the first half of January, staple foods increased by 11.6%; the lemon shot up to 90 pesos per kilogram and agri-food imports had a rise of 38.3% as of November 2021.
On the lemon, a topic that he considers of great relevance, the leader of small and medium farmers, said that at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, the kilogram fluctuated between 80 and 90 pesos. “If the rises of 2 to 5 pesos a day are maintained, it will reach 100 pesos or more.”
He assured that the instability in the food market is due to the lack of an adequate production policy. “The federal government had to import grains and oilseeds in 2021.”
He said that based on information from the Bank of Mexico, from January to November 2021, the value of commercial imports reached 458.6 billion US dollars. This was 32.5% higher than in 2020. And the Trade Balance deficit was approximately 12.1 billion dollars.
He pointed out that the Agrifood Balance, in the accumulated of November 2021, the purchases were 32.5 billion US dollars. This amount implied an increase of 38.3% compared to the amount accumulated in the same period of the previous year.