Mexican growers struggle with water issues

10/30/2012 01:48:00 PM
Tom Burfield

NatureSweet has been able to increase its production while reducing water consumption, she said.

“We really are committed to being as sustainable an operation as we can,” Ault said.

The water situation is at a “very critical point” in Sinaloa in west Mexico, said Fried De Schouwer, president of Greenhouse Produce Co. LLC, Vero Beach, Fla.

“It’s a tough situation that is not easily resolved,” he said.

Some growers were drilling wells but hitting salt water, he said.

Even though greenhouse production does not require as much water as field production, use of water for fields can mean there is less available for greenhouses, he said.

Daniel Edmeier, director of sales for Kingdom Fresh Produce Inc., Donna, Texas, said water is an issue for some growers in the Culiacan area, but he said Kingdom Fresh operates its own wells that are deep enough and provide enough water to meet the company’s needs in Torreon in the state of Coahuila.

Kaliroy Produce Inc., Nogales, Ariz., sources from Jalisco and Culiacan but is not experiencing water problems, said Ralph Felix, sales manager.

“There’s no shortage where we’re at,” he said.


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