Mexico eyes Chinese banana market access
The head of Mexico's Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Jose Calzada Rovirosa, will visit China on a trade mission from Dec. 7-11.
On the trip he also plans to review phytosanitary protocols for exports of milk products, corn and tobacco.
Calzada Rovirosa said Mexico was the twelfth-largest banana exporter in the world, with a growing plantation hectarage in Veracruz, Colima, Nayarit and Jalisco.
He also highlighted the success of the first year of berry exports to China, with the value of shipments reaching US$600,000. Berry exports to China next year could increase by 200%, he said.
In addition, the SAGARPA head said he wanted to increase the amount of Mexican products in China's agricultural imports, with the country currently representing 1% of the total.