Los Nuevos farmers markets have a long tradition of providing the food needed to feed the country’s 1.2 billion people.
But as prices for staples like corn and beans rise, the market is looking to change.
In addition to the market dekala, a group of farmers markets in the state of Chiapas also shut down on Saturday as the country struggles with a severe drought.
The events were held in the cities of Santa Cruz, San Juan and Tamaulipas.
In Santa Cruz city, farmers markets were closed because of the drought, said Mayor Rafael Lopez Sanchez.
People were taking their water from the taps, or they weren’t using it, he said.
In Tamauilpas, a city in the northwestern region of Guerrero, the municipal government is preparing to shut down the local market, which it owns, because it cannot meet the demand of the farmers, Mayor Pedro Pérez Sanchez said.
“We have no other choice than to shut the market down,” he said, adding that the municipality plans to give the market’s employees more money to buy food and feed their families.
A total of 15 farmers markets across Mexico closed on Saturday due to the drought.
In some cities, like Tamauan, the city government was offering to pay the owners of the market their rent in order to ensure that the market could operate.
The state of Mexico is experiencing severe droughts, including in parts of Guerrero and Chiapos, with an outbreak of a coronavirus that has killed more than 3,000 people.
Mexico’s government has ordered a massive increase in government spending, which will help the country weather the situation.