Mexico Seeks Edge With High-tech ‘Agroparks’

 

Via azpbs.org

This formidable entrance opens to what could be the prototype for Mexico’s agricultural future – Agropark, a government-sponsored high-tech greenhouse cluster that spans more than 700 acres. Inside, companies grow specialized products for export using state-of-the-art technology.

This formidable entrance opens to what could be the prototype for Mexico’s agricultural future – Agropark, a government-sponsored high-tech greenhouse cluster that spans more than 700 acres. Inside, companies grow specialized products for export using state-of-the-art technology.

Agropark resembles a small city. Its network of gravel roads weaves among a maze of 140 giant greenhouses (with 180 more yet to be built) bearing flashy logos. Eleven companies – 10 from Mexico and one from Holland – grow tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers inside the glass-walled buildings. Ninety-five percent of their product, over 75,000 tons a year, is exported to the United States and sold by companies such as Walmart and Costco.

 

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