Tucson to consider resolution in support of tomato agreement
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres has brought forward a resolution for mayor and council consideration for the city to go on record supporting the Tomato Suspension Agreement.
In a news release, Fimbres stated, "In 2011, Arizona alone imported more than $6.2 billion in produce and goods from Mexico. If thisagreement is suspended or revoked, it will do harm to the economies on both sides of the border, something neither can afford during these economic times."
Fimbres placed this item on the agenda after the recent visit by the Governor of the State of Sinaloa, Mario Lopez Valdez, to Tucson.
Valdez and the city discussed the Tomato Suspension Agreement and the potential economic ramifications if this 16-year old-agreement between the United State and Mexico is terminated.
The U.S. Department of Commerce made its intentions official on Oct. 2 by publishing a notice of intent to terminate the agreement in the Federal Register. The department has nine months before it must make a final decision.
"Mexico's trade with the United States and Arizona is important and if this agreement is terminated, the price of goods, let alone tomatoes could be raised through tariffs," Fimbres said. "The tomato industry is a $3.5 billion annual business for both countries and is a billion dollar economic business for commerce for Tucson, Southern Arizona and the entire state. Consumers have depended upon this to ensure that tomatoes are an integral part of their diets."