Mexico to diversify agriculture trade amid US uncertainty

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico said Tuesday it is moving aggressively to diversify its agricultural imports and exports amid trade uncertainty with the United States, by far its largest commercial partner, under President Donald Trump.

The government is carrying out a string of trade visits to Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, Agriculture Secretary Jose Calzada Rovirosa said at an afternoon news conference, even as it’s also meeting with U.S. partners to consolidate deals.

The strategy is “to look for places to sell and look for countries to buy from to satisfy the demand of the Mexican people,” Calzada said.

Calzada said the United States currently buys about 78 percent of Mexico’s agricultural exports, or about $24.9 billion worth last year. In turn, Mexico imported some $17.9 billion in U.S. agricultural goods.

He said it is looking at other countries from which to buy key products for which Mexico currently…