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Mexico Surpasses Canada as Top Agricultural Supplier to the United States

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jan 5, 2017, 12:45 pm
Mexico Surpasses Canada
Mexico has moved from the bottom of the list to the top in terms of US agriculture. (DuPont)

In 2016, Mexico managed to position itself as the main supplier of agricultural products to the United States, surpassing Canada and the European Union, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture.

Mexico closed 2016 with a 19.9-percent share of the US agricultural market, Canada with 19 percent and the European Union with 18 percent.

This increase in importance of Mexican agricultural products in the United States began after the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Undersecretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) Jorge Armando Narváez recently participated in the Mexico Food Show 2016, during which he pointed out that over time, NAFTA has been vital to the development of the agricultural sector in Mexico, the United States and Canada.

Currently, Mexico ranks as the 12th largest food producer in the world, with beer, avocado, tomato, tequila and beef being its main exports, according SAGARPA.

 

Head of SAGARPA José Calzada Rovirosa said that in 2015, exports reached US $26.7 billion, a figure that surpassed for the first time the amount of foreign trade Mexico generates from tourism.

The figures released by the US Department of Agriculture reflect the success Mexico has had in taking advantage of its competitor’s lack of dynamism in recent years, some experts said.

At the beginning of 2000, the situation was different, as the share of Canada and the European Union in US agricultural was 24.9 percent and 23.1 percent respectively, while Mexico was approaching 13 percent.

Over the years, both nations were falling behind and Mexico seemed to took advantage .

Source: Milenio.

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Macri Maintains Kirchner Era Price Controls in Argentina

By: Raquel García - @venturaG79 - Jan 5, 2017, 12:07 pm
Mauricio Macri's government has decided to extend some price controls on foodstuffs in Argentina (

Español The Argentine government will extend for four months to the "Careful Pricing" plan that began under the tenure of his predecessor Cristina Kirchner in January 2014, in order to oversee the pricing of certain products amid rising inflation in Argentina. Although negotiations are still ongoing with several suppliers, official sources confirmed to the newspaper La Nación that the measure would be announced this Friday, January 6, with an average price increase of 3%. Read More: Argentina: Macri Relaunches Kirchners' Price Control Program Read More: Argentina to Fix Prices of Medications amid High Inflation The Argentine daily notes, in an article published on Thursday, January 5, that the government of Mauricio Macri intends to generate a strong domestic consumption in the first quarter thanks to the slowdown in prices and the increase in wages. In recent months, consumption fell by around 7% year-over-year. Macri has also pledged greater public works in the first quarter of the year in order to stimulate economic recovery and help the construction sector, one of the hardest hit by the recession. The government also told La Nación that there will be changes in some of the products that are part of the official price control basket, and that even some of the goods that currently in the program "will increase their participation". googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Many small and medium enterprises that benefited during the Kirchner era under the price control regime will continue to do so under the extension. According to data provided in 2016 by the Undersecretariat of Internal Commerce, 40% of the 82 suppliers participating in the program are small and medium-sized enterprises. The last revision of "Careful Pricing" was on September 6, which included a total of 530 products available in 2,250 supermarkets across the country. In addition, 177 products were added to the list, and healthier foods and beverages were also added. The average increase in product prices for the last four months has been 2.49%, La Nación said. Supermarkets negotiate prices directly with companies and generally, the result is reported first to the large supermarket chains and then to the retail chains. A well-known hypermarket noted to La Nación that at first they were critical of the program, but that today "it does not bother them." They added that "it is more of an advantage. The customer already assumes it as an inherent right." "Careful Pricing is going to be extended. It is being negotiated company by company. The institutional stance is that it is currently being negotiated through free will and it is something of a transitional mechanism," said Daniel Funes de Rioja, president of the Food Products Coordinator (Copal). Source: La Nacion

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