Southern Sinaloa’s mango campaign is at risk due to the lack of water to irrigate the plantations. This is the region’s main crop in terms of hectares planted and its second most important agricultural production in terms of value. The municipality of Escuinapa stands out as it produces Haden, Tommy, Ataulfo, Kent, and Keitt mango in an area of 13,000 hectares.
According to Rogelio Padilla Salcido, the head of the CNC municipal committee, the crops are currently in the fruit growth stage; the stage in which water is most needed. “This is the moment when they require water the most because the tree begins to drop the fruit. It’s a normal process, but if the tree doesn’t have water it won’t have the strength to keep the fruit and it will drop more mangoes than usual.” Padilla said producers had even been forced to carry water in pipes and tanks to the fields to irrigate the orchards, but that it wasn’t enough.
The lack of water also means that the fruit that manages to stay on the tree does not grow enough, reducing its quality, he said. “If there is no water, the fruit that remains on the trees doesn’t grow. It stays small and doesn’t have the quality needed for export.”
Escuinapa doesn’t have a source of water with enough supply for the agricultural sector. Only the early arrival of the rains could save the season, he stated.