Argentina: open door to export alfalfa to China

New Holland Eng

The Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, Gabriel Delgado, said the Vice Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Zhang Qinrong, confirmed the conclusion of negotiations on the Phytosanitary Protocol.

And gave it to the officer in the framework of the meetings Delgado performed yesterday in Beijing with senior officials of the AQSIQ, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and state food company COFCO order to promote issues priority interest of the bilateral agenda.

“Our country is a producer with tradition in the cultivation of pasture to feed their big animal rodeo and has available land and water to expand the planting of alfalfa, in response to strong demand from China and Middle Eastern countries,” he said Delgado through a statement.

In this regard he added that “the development MAGyP industry megafardos be supported to meet the strict phytosanitary and hygiene China and other importing countries requirements.”

Delgado, who represented the Ministry of Agriculture of the Nation, Carlos Casamiquela, said the agreement will position Argentina among the select group of countries which in 2014 sold a million tonnes of this product to China for almost U $ S 400 million and it is estimated that the unmet demand for it is another million tons.

Concerning meat, Delgado highlighted the intense negotiations taking place with Aqsiq to modify the health protocol signed in 2010 for chilled beef and bone of our country, which today only allows exporting frozen boneless beef.

Undersecretary of Livestock, Jorge Dillon, who is part of the Argentina delegation, praised “the commitment of officials and technical staff MAGyP to work with the Foreign Ministry and the private sector in opening new markets for this traditional product Export Argentina distinguishes us worldwide.”

On the subject, Delgado said that “this effort responds to the strong growth they are having sales of beef to China that have made this country in the first market for frozen cuts and the third destination volume and price for our country.”
He also recalled the talks with the Deputy Minister of AQSIQ, to conclude during the first half of negotiations for access to the Chinese market for table grapes, dried peas, honey, and schedule for the second half of the inspections for stevia, blueberries, mutton, as well as the audit of new plants of poultry meat and vacuna.

Source: Telam

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