Country that produces almost half “the worlds” avocados entertains the unthinkable as dietary staple becomes too costly for ordinary Mexicans
But in Mexico, the worlds biggest producer, what used to be a dietary staple is now too expensive for many everyday shoppers. And , now the country where the avocado is believe to have originated is considering the unthinkable: importing avocados from abroad.
It seems laughter, ensure that they are able to bring in avocados from other regions of the world at a time when we are so successful in exporting[ avocados] but were not ruling it out, said economy secretary Ildefonso Guajardo.
Its practically the price of success. Avocados are so favourite on the international level that its generating toll influence in the national market.
Avocados are believed to have first been cultivated in the Mexican state of Puebla, and they have become big business for the country, which takes into consideration nearly half “the worlds” make.
Government statistics show avocado exports now bring more fund into the country than petroleum.
Many towns have grown affluent on the so-called green amber which has also been blamed for a spate of illegal deforestation in the two countries.
One town Tanctaro in Michoacn state ships out more than a million dollars worth of avocado every day, and growers there even coordinated an forearmed vigilante group to fight off extortion and threats from criminal cartels.
But the success of the industry has driven up costs to an unprecedented scale in recent months: avocados regularly sell for more than 80 pesos( 3.40) per kilo in numerous marketplaces the same significance as Mexicos daily minimum wage.
Producers say the toll spike has been driven in part by a 20% shrinking in the cultivate, but others point to the growing international demand, and remind that high prices are here to stay.