Mexico is one of the world’s leading tomato producing countries, with most production taking place in the states of Sinaloa, Michoacán, Guanajuato, and Sonora. The Mexican industry employs about 500,000 people, making it an important source of employment in the country.
In recent years, tomato production in Mexico has been affected by a number of problems, including droughts, pests, and diseases, however, the industry has remained resilient and continues to be an important contributor to the Mexican economy.
Key tomato producing states in Mexico
The states that lead tomato production in Mexico are Sinaloa, San Luis Potosí, Michoacán, Jalisco and Baja California Sur with 53.3% of the national volume in 2021, or 1,772,966 tonnes.
Sinaloa, in the 1st position, produced 677,612 tonnes of tomato (20.4%), volume obtained from 12,110 hectares harvested (25.3%), so the average yield in the state was 56.0 tonnes per hectare.
Of the 5 states with the highest production, San Luis Potosí obtained the highest average yield, with 131.9 tonnes per hectare, while the highest price per tonne was obtained in Michoacán with 11,745 pesos.
In terms of the production value, Sinaloa led with 6,665 million pesos, accounting for 21.2% of the national total, followed by San Luis Potosí and Michoacán with 15.2% and 10.6%, respectively.
Key tomato producing municipalities in Mexico
The 10 municipalities with the highest tomato production in Mexico during 2021 were Culiacán, Navolato, Mulegé, Elota, Tanhuato, Guasave, Fresnillo, Ensenada, Villa de Guadalupe and Colón, which accounted for 27.1% of the national volume, or 900,512 tonnes.
Culiacán, in 1st position, produced 187,294 tonnes (5.6%), being also the municipality with the largest harvested area with 2,160 hectares (4.5%) and the one with the highest value of production, with 2,414 million pesos (7.7%).