This report summarizes the operational guidelines of the Support Program for the Nixtamal Milling Industry published in Mexico’s Federal Register (Diario Oficial) on April 26, 2011. (Nixtamal is ground corn cooked with limestone. After cooking, the corn is milled into flour for making dough for tortillas).
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GAIN Report Number: MX1036
Mexico Updates Support Program for Corn-Dough
Agriculture in the Economy
Food Processing Ingredients Sector
Grain and Feed
Policy and Program Announcements
On April 26, 2011, Mexico?s Secretariat of Economy (SE) announced the fiscal year (January to
December) 2011 operational guidelines for how support will be provided to the corn flour (nixtamal)
milling industry through the PROMASA program. The Government of Mexico (GOM) will support the
manufacture of up to 300,000 metric tons (MT) of nixtamal dough. The announcement is a routine
update of the existing PROMASA operational guidelines (see 2010 GAIN report MX0049 Mexico
Announces Support for Corn-Dough).
Introduction: This report summarizes the operational guidelines of the Support Program for the
Nixtamal Milling Industry published in Mexico?s Federal Register (Diario Oficial) on April 26, 2011.
(Nixtamal is ground corn cooked with limestone. After cooking, the corn is milled into flour for
making dough for tortillas).
Disclaimer: This summary is based on a cursory review of the subject announcements and therefore
should not, under any circumstances, be viewed as a definitive reading of the regulations in question, or
of its implications for U.S. agricultural export trade interests. In the event of discrepancies between this
summary and the complete regulation or announcement as published in Spanish, the latter shall prevail.
Title of the Announcement: Criteria for the Operation of the Nixtamal Milling Industry Support
Program (PROMASA) under the Guidelines of the Industry Competitiveness Promotion Program
(PROIND) for fiscal year 2011
Type of Regulation: Operational
1. Publication Date: April 26, 2011
2. Effective Date: April 27, 2011
Eligible Commodities: Corn-dough, made from nixtamal, to make tortillas
Reason for Program: According to this announcement, PROMASA is part of PROIND, which is the
GOM strategy to promote the competitiveness of various industrial sectors. Specifically, SE referenced
the following factors in its decision to implement the 2011 PROMASA program.
The GOM has undertaken various measures to ensure an adequate tortilla supply for the Mexican
population. Therefore, it is necessary to continue implementing measures to maintain this trend.
The nixtamal milling industry has a significant impact on employment generation and in the
production of a vital commodity for Mexican families.
PROMASA is part of a strategy designed to boost the competitiveness of the industrial
corn/nixtamal sector this fiscal year.
PROMASA contributes to the formalization of the nixtamal milling industry.
Program Objectives: According to the announcement, the main objectives of PROMASA are to
maintain the production of corn tortillas by the corn/nixtamal industry, to mitigate the impact of
increased raw materials prices, and to contribute to the formalization of the nixtamal milling industry.
Program Features: In order to achieve the general objectives of the PROMASA program, SE will
provide support for the production of up to 300,000 MT of nixtamal dough. The support per kilogram
of nixtamal dough for tortillas will be determined as follows:
Support of 0.60 pesos per kilogram of nixtamal dough, to small and medium enterprises,
Support of 0.50 pesos per kilogram of nixtamal dough, to low-income consumers (REPECO)
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PROMASA grants these supports understanding that every kilogram of corn produces 1.8 kilograms of
nixtamal dough and requires 0.0035 liters of gas and 0.040 kilowatt hours of electricity.
Under PROIND, the relevant category and maximum amount of a support request are:
Category Subcategory Maximum Amount Consideration
PRODUCTION Manufacture of materials for the 4,000,000 pesos For Application
production of consumer goods Support
Current Exchange Rate: U.S. $1.00 = 11.94 pesos.
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Useful Mexican Web Sites: Mexico's equivalent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (SAGARPA)
can be found at www.sagarpa.gob.mx , equivalent to the U.S. Department of Commerce (SE) can be
found at www.economia.gob.mx and equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (SALUD)
can be found at www.salud.gob.mx. These web sites are mentioned for the readers' convenience but
USDA does NOT in any way endorse, guarantee the accuracy of, or necessarily concur with, the
information contained on the mentioned sites.
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