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“Young people no longer have interest in working in agriculture” (President of the Mayab Fruit Growers Union)

by Yucatan Times
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The president of the Mayab Fruit Growers Union, Freddy Domínguez Aké, stated that unfortunately, Yucatecan young people have no interest in working in agriculture, they prefer to go as migrants to the United States and Canada, and only adults and the elderly dedicate themselves to the field. cultivation of the land.

Domínguez Aké stressed that young people are not interested in working the plots and lands of their grandparents and parents because they see that there is not enough official support for food production; Furthermore, given the risks of drought and natural phenomena, they do not have any official support funds to raise their crops that have been lost due to weather conditions.

He added that, although it is true that in 2023 the drought was intense and affected the production of food, fruits, and vegetables, it is also true that there is a lack of official support so that producers can buy seeds and sow, they lack fertilizers, and water pumps. irrigation for their crops, they do not have an irrigation system, they cannot use their electrified wells and that will mean that in the future there will no longer be enough food production from the countryside in Yucatán.

He emphasized that in 2023, the drought and the lack of official support affected the crops of sweet orange, grapefruit, mandarins, sour orange and lemon because the production of these citrus fruits decreased considerably, and they hope that by 2024 there will be a good rainy season for achieve good harvests, but the field requires federal, state and private investment.

Finally, Domínguez Aké specified that they do not trust the candidates for senators, federal deputies, local deputies, municipal presidents and state governors because they only tell lies to the farmers, they offer but do not help; Once they win, they do not keep their promises, they only come in search of the green vote, they do not care about the situation in the countryside.

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