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Mexican avocado producers fearless in face of Trump tariff threats

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:16

Avocado farmers in the rolling hillside orchards of Mexico's Michoacan state say U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to tear up a trade deal could make Super Bowl viewers' favourite snack more expensive, but doubt it will dent exports. Nathan Frandino reports.

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In Mexico's Michoacan state, farm workers are hitting the fields and climbing trees, picking out the state's biggest crop: avocados. It's peak season for the fruit and demand is soaring, especially in the U.S. Ramon Paz of Mexica's avocado export association knows all about President Donald Trump's threats of tariffs on Mexican goods... but says growers are not worried. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RAMON PAZ, SPOKESMAN FOR MEXICAN EXPORTERS GROUP APEAM, SAYING: "This is because there is no other country that can supply the amount of avocado that we, Mexico, can supply to the United States. Eight out of ten avocados in the United States come from Mexico." Paz says any tariff would fall on consumers, most of whom he says will happily pay a few cents more for their prized fruit. And he says the expanding markets with other countries like China, will compensate for any lost business with the U.S. It's a timely issue, ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, when some 100,000 tons of avocados will be consumed by football fans... more likely to be cheering on their team than worrying about the price of avocados.

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Mexican avocado producers fearless in face of Trump tariff threats

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:16