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Agriculture to replace oil as Mexico’s largest export sector

Staff writer |
Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Foodstuffs (Sagarpa) José Calzada Rovirosa is slated to head up a 70-member delegation to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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The main purpose of the visit, which will run from May 13 through May 20, will be to promote Mexican agricultural products in the Persian Gulf region, where water is scarce and most food products are imported.

During a meeting at the home of Kuwaiti Ambassador to Mexico Sameeh Essa Johar Hayat, the Sagarpa head pointed out that while Mexican combined trade with the region currently amounts to more than $2.7 billion annually, agricultural goods make up less than half the bulk of that commercial interchange.

Calzada Rovirosa said that the agricultural mission, which will include two Mexican chefs, who will present food festivals in each of the four Arab countries in order to showcase Mexican cuisine and produce, will help open new markets for the nation’s re-blossoming agricultural sector.

In 2014, Mexico exported almost $26 billion in agricultural goods, and the industry is set to replace oil as the nation’s largest export sector this year.

Ambassador Hayat, noted that in the last two years several Islamic countries have either opened or expanded their diplomatic missions in Mexico in an effort to broaden bilateral cooperation in all fields, including trade and investment.

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