Prepared by Javier Chaurand and special thanks to Jean-Marie Luginbuhl for Spanish translation.
The XIV Goat, Cheese and ‘Cajeta’ International Expo was held from October 12 to 15, 2017 at the facilities of ECOFÓRUM in Celaya. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Víctor Hugo Pineda Martínez, State SAGARPA (Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food) delegate representing the Secretary of Agriculture, Ing. Javier Guizar Macías, Federal SAGARPA delegate in Jalisco, Ing. Paulo Bañuelos Rosales, Secretary of Agrifood and Rural Development of the government of the state of Guanajuato (SDAyR), MVZ José Francisco Gutiérrez Michel, Sub Secretary of Agrifood and Rural Development of the government of the state of Guanajuato and the Municipal President of Celaya Ing. Ramón Ignacio Lemus Muñoz Ledo accompanied by various officials of the municipal administration. In addition, members of the board of directors of the national association of registered goat breeders, and regional cattle unions from the state of Guanajato and Querétaro were also part of the inauguration ceremony.
In the cheese, ‘cajetas’ and sweets pavilion, the design had a country touch with demonstration modules about cheese making, artisanal bread, and cuisine. Exhibitors from several states of the country participated and products such as ‘cajetas’ and various other sweets were exhibited, among them: jamoncillos, glorias, ‘chiclosos’, ‘rompope’, etc., fresh, mature, semi-cured and cured cheeses, soaps and cosmetics made with goat milk, ice cream, dry meat and sausages. In addition, various universities and providers of services related to the sector were present. The goat producers, who in turn produce goat milk derivatives, were allocated a stand at no cost, thanks to the support of SAGARPA and SDAyR.
The fair was attended by different national and international organizations such as SAGARPA, the International Goat Association (IGA), the Mexican Council of Goat Producers (COMECAPRI), various associations of goat producers from Mexico and other countries, the Ministry of Agrifood and Rural Development of the Government of the State of Guanajuato and others. Dr. Hector Mario Andrade Montemayor, the Regional Director of the International Goat Association (IGA) for Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, co-organized the International Goat Producers Symposium. Schools and universities with the participation of teachers from UNAM (Autónomus National University of Mexico), UAQ (Autónomus University of Querétaro) and the Benito de Juárez Autónomous University of Oaxaca, as well as researchers from the National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research (INIFAP) were also in attendance.
27,000 visitors attended the XIV Goat, Cheese and ‘Cajeta’ International Expo, mainly from Mexico (states of Guanajato, Querétaro, Mexico, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Oaxaca, Zacatecas, Coahuila, Puebla, Tamaulipas, Yucatán y Veracruz) but also from other countries mainly from Colombia and a large group of visitors from Guatemala and Perú.
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