Mexico, Nov. 10 (Notimex).- With the intention of activate the economy of the rural zone that was affected by the September 19 earthquake, Mexico City will open on Saturday the first market of small producers.
It is the “Producers’ Market”, organized by the Ministry of Rural Development and Equity for Communities (Sederec, for its acronym in Spanish), in conjunction with the FAO, civil associations and the private initiative.
In a statement, the head of Sederec, Rosa Icela Rodriguez Velazquez, reminded that Tlahuac, Xochimilco and Milpa Alta are municipalities that produce romeritos, prickly pears, amaranth, corn and poinsettia, and highlighted that in the majority of mountain ranges, traditional ecologic practices are preserved.
She said that in rural zones 23 of the 59 corn species of Mexican origin are still preserved, the majority of these – blue, yellow, cacahuazintle, wide, colored, white and pozolero- are cultivated in the municipality of Milpa Alta.
In regards to the production of poinsettia, the city official said that the production surpassed three million plants last year.
Livestock wise, she indicated that the Mexican capital maintains the rabbit and bird production like turkey, the breeding of goat, sheep and pork cattle.
Although it is not very representative compared to other states, referred that Mexico City producers have picked the transformation of dairy into yoghurt, cheese and cream.
Rodriguez Velazquez pointed out that all this production is very important to support the capital’s food safety, a city inhabited by almost 9 million people, and, when considering the metropolitan zone, it raises to 20 million, turning it into “the country’s largest stomach”.
The local agricultural production represents 2,179,764,560 pesos a year and there are over 25 million people dedicated to this activity, according to the Service of Agrofood and Fishing Information (SIAP, for its acronym in Spanish).
Hence this initiative, being promoted by the Citizens’ Council, the IGMA Foundation and the Gastronomical Institute Corbusse Alliat, does not only expect to benefit the small producers by opening a channel of direct commercialization, but also the population that can acquire healthy, fresh and seasonal products at a fair price.
The commercialization of healthy and organic agricultural products will take place at Expo Reforma on November 11 and 12.