Extortion Fee for Avocado Growers in Mexico

An avocado grower in Mexico sated that she was paying Mexican drug cartels up to $16,000 a month in extortion fees.

The cartels charge avocado growers by the hectares, and charge extortion fees to avocado packers by the box.

The industry in Mexico generates up to $75 Billion a year in sales. Growers are concerned that buyers will begin to avoid their product if the think that a portion of their sales are lining the pockets of the cartels. Thus, most growers are not raising their prices to cover the extortion fees.

Source:  “Drug cartels weigh down Mexico’s ‘green gold’,” Al Jazeera, April 1, 2013.