noted that the specialists of the UNPC
are now working to start the system during the day.
The forecast from the UNPC
, which is affiliated with the Confederacion Nacional Campesina (CNC), is more pessimistic than the most recent estimate from the agricultural ministry, the Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion (SAGARPA), which estimates output at 2.3 million sacks.
director Carlos Blackaller Ayala said producers, manufacturers, and the government must come together to forge a joint solution.
Major organizations that represent coffee growers--the Confederacion Nacional de Propietarios Rurales (CNPR), the Central Independiente de Obreros Agricolas y Campesinos (CIOAC), the Union Nacional de Productores de Cafe (UNPC
), and the Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones Cafetaleras (CNOC)--were not happy with the elimination of the CMC, saying they were not consulted about the new scheme.
Eleuterio Gonzalez, director of the Union Nacional de Productores del Cafe (UNPC
), a CNC affiliate, said a survey by his organization indicates that only about 271,000 of the 477,000 coffee growers registered with the government actually received direct SAGARPA supports, which are disbursed through the CMC.
The CNIAA and the Union Nacional de Productores de Cana de Azucar (UNPC
) estimate that as much as 100,000 metric tons of sugar have been smuggled in to Mexico since September of last year.
"Sugar growers direly need resources to maintain fields, buy fertilizers, and hire field hands for the upcoming harvest," said Miguel Angel Lagunes, an officer with the Union Nacional de Productores de Cana de Azucar (UNPC
In early June, members of the Union Nacional de Productores de Cana (UNPC
) organized a large demonstration in front of the SAGARPA headquarters to demand that Agriculture Secretary Javier Usabiaga Arroyo offer a longer-term solution to the problems of sugar growers.
In early April, the Union Nacional de Productores de la Cana (UNPC
) and its parent organization, the Confederacion Nacional Campesina (CNC), said sugar millers from the 15 largest producing states will lobby President Ernesto Zedillo's administration to push the US to allow reciprocity between exports of Mexican sugar and imports of US corn syrup.