They are promoting a project to develop the stevia plant in Quintana Roo

The goal is to produce highly resistant plants in industrial quantities for planting “in the next 10 years” up to 30 thousand hectares. In Quintana Roo, six strategic agricultural production projects are being promoted for the production of sugar substitutes, biofuels, glycerin, soap and margarine, in addition to organic cocoa and vanilla. All this, with financing from Financiera Rural, support from the Trópico Húmedo program and the penetration of private companies such as Grupo Pegaso.

One of the most advanced projects is that of Stevie Maye, for which Grupo Pegaso recently announced the construction of a biotechnology laboratory in the municipality of Bacalar, with the aim of creating highly resistant plants in industrial quantities to be planted “in the next 10 years” up to 30,000 hectares of this sugar substitute that is very much in demand in Asia, comments Antonio Rico Lomelí, representative of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) in Quintana Roo.

The technical sheet of the project presented to the federal secretary of Sagarpa, Francisco Javier Mayorga, in his last visit to Quintana Roo, states that stevia has no calories and has beneficial effects on fat absorption and blood pressure, except for In its natural form, it is 15 times sweeter than table sugar (sucrose ), and the extract is 100 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.

The potential of this crop is enormous, as it is estimated that by 2015 the consumption of this substance in Asia alone will exceed 15,000 tons, which represents a market of 10 billion dollars.

The project has already passed the first phase, which is the planting and cultivation of 10,000 plants in the nursery of Hidroponia Maya, which will be transplanted to the property in the community of Aarón Merino in the municipality of Bacalar.

The project is expected to be consolidated in 2015, which would generate up to 2,700 direct jobs.


Cocoa is considered one of the most impactful projects in the southeast of the country, and Financiera Rural has already pre-approved a loan to start cultivation in La Pantera and Divorciados ejidos in the south of the country.

It is one of the projects that shows the least progress, but the secretary for rural development of the state government, Gabriel Mendicuti, revealed that there is an interest of the transnational Hershey in partnering with local producers.

Planting vanilla is a project for the municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancún) that is in a feasibility study. On paper, planting up to 50 hectares is planned. In December 2012, it will be decided whether to receive support from the national government and the Trópico Húmedo program.

In aquaculture, the installation and start-up of a company for the production of 100 tons of tilapia per year is planned as part of a comprehensive and self-sustaining project to produce various products to meet the demand arising in the hotel industry. and caterer

Financiera Rural immediately approved the financing and before the end of the year, the construction of 24 ponds is expected to start growing 100 tons of tilapia in the community of Chemuyil, Tulum.

Source: The Economist

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