Chile and India look for fruit trade opportunities

April 30 , 2012

Chilean agricultural minister Luis Mayol has held a strategic meeting with Indian Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, just two days before he sets off on an Asian tour.

The two discussed phytosanitary status issues surrounding several horticultural goods, highlighting the progress made in the authorization process for apple, pear, blueberry and avocado exports to the South Asian giant.

Kapur emphasized the importance of opening up the Chilean market to Indian mangoes and litchis, while the country was still waiting on Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) approval to ship grapes and walnuts to Chile.

From May 2-16 Mayol will travel to India, China and South Korea with the aim of opening up new markets for Chilean agricultural exporters.

The Indian visit will also focus on eliminating provisions that require methyl bromide fumigation of apples, while for the rest of the tour he will focus on fresh blueberries, cherries and meat in South Korea; and avocados, citrus, walnuts and meat in China.

“We are very enthusiastic about this trip because it will open the door for our products in very important markets,” said Mayol.

“Ambassador Kapur suggested we hold meetings with some personalities from the private sector and parliament of his country, also suggesting an approach in terms of agricultural research, and refining a professional exchange plan, which without a doubt would be a source of innovation and important development for our country.”

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