Chile Production Down in NM

KRWG - Experts suspect that green and red chile acreage in New Mexico may have shrunk again this year in the Hatch and Mesilla Valley regions. Farmers in Dona Ana County are thinking twice about committing to growing because they are having a rocky time competing with prices from foreign producers, who face fewer regulations and have a large supply of cheap labor.
Additionally, a scarcity of Rio Grande irrigation water this year and last year in the county boosted farmers' expenses, as they have to pay fuel costs to pump water from underground. Read full story here: News New Mexico


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