Mexico and NZ to develop plant health agreement
New Zealand food technicians have headed to the Mexican state of Jalisco to work on a collaborative kiwifruit project, as the two countries prepare for a potential plant health agreement, reported Elsemanario.com.mx.
Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fish and Food (SAGARPA) announced the collaboration would also investigate the greenhouse gas effects of agriculture, the story reported.
New Zealand Minister of Trade and Associate Minister of Climate Change Issues Tim Groser met with SAGARPA boss Francisco Mayorga Castañeda, to discuss bilateral initiatives to promote agricultural trade and investment between the two countries, reported El Semanario.
"These projects are an excellent example of a strategic alliance with a trade focus, which at the same time, strengthens the bonds of science and technology, building on the specialized areas of both countries," Groser was quoted as saying.