On May 31, 2011, the federal executive branch, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), signed a framework agreement with México Calidad Suprema, A.C. The agreement combined the actions and resources of México Calidad Suprema, A.C., and the National Service of Health, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA), putting México Calidad Suprema, A.C., in charge of advocating for the Pollution Risk Reduction System (S.R.R.C.) and of training and certifying producers nationwide in its implementation, with the goal of making their products more competitive in domestic and international markets.
In 2011 an agreement was made to conduct biological effectiveness studies that would help producers know which biological products to use for the organic production of cactus, papaya, onion, pineapple, citrus fruits and herbs. The project consisted of 24 studies on biological effectiveness. Five of the products studied had already been registered with COFEPRIS, and the rest are in the process of being registered.
In 2012 four agreements were made to promote the S.R.R.C. and to train producers in its implementation as well as in that of the proper use and handling of agrochemicals during growing, harvesting and packing – all with the aim of making their products more competitive nationally and abroad. The following producers would benefit:
500 production units were given technical assistance, 1000 pesticides tests and 500 microbiological tests, resulting in the adoption of the S.R.R.C. by 383 production units spread over 6,860 acres as well as 312 production units spread over 5,312 acres becoming certified under México G.A.P.
In 2013 four agreements were made to promote the S.R.R.C. among grape, broccoli and pork producers and to train them in its implementation as well as in that of the proper use and handling of agrochemicals during growing, harvesting and packing – all with the aim of making their products more competitive nationally and abroad.
The Pork Agreement aims to promote good practices in the pork production sector as well as to provide the necessary training. 40 producers with 21 farms in the most productive states will benefit, and a total of 189 producers, packers and technical experts will be trained.
We are working on conducting 40 biological effectiveness studies in order certify more biological products that growers can use in the organic and conventional production of citrus, pineapple, papaya, cactus, herbs, strawberries, asparagus and avocado.
An agreement was made with the government of Guanajuato with the aim of pooling resources and actions to provide outreach, training and technical assistance to the State Committee of Strawberry Production of Guanajuato, A.C., as well as to monitor pollutants linked to the production of strawberries. Strategies will also be developed for the implementation of the S.R.R.C. and of the proper use and handling of agrochemicals during growing, harvesting and packing.
From this emerge the following activities to be performed:
An agreement was made with the Association of Producers and Exporting Packers of Avocado of Mexico (APEAM) to promote the implementation of the S.R.R.C. and the Global G.A.P. and México G.A.P. standards in approximately 916 production units and orchards. The goal would be to accredit the greatest amount of producers and packers, which could represent about 10,000 acres of avocado in the state of Michoacán.
We are in the process of making the avocado agreement. Our aim is to have México Calidad Suprema, A.C., act on behalf of SENASICA, analyzing contaminants for the benefit of avocado producers in the state of Michoacan, and, by doing so, support the implementation of the S.R.R.C. in approximately 663 production units, which could then go on achieve the México G.A.P. standard