Saturday, February 24, 2024

Peru is working on access to new avocado varieties in the United States

On Friday, the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) presented its Action Plan for Access to Plant Products for the year 2024. The representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) have the objective of obtaining commitments and determining access to priority products.

Orlando Dolores Salas, general director of Plant Health in Senasa, emphasized that the priority products for this year have made significant progress in the pest risk analysis of imported countries, suggesting the end of the process for access during this year. He stressed that the access of a product to a market means going through the Pest Risk Analysis (PRA), which is prepared by the phytosanitary authority of the importing country, that is, the counterpart of Senasa. In this context, he emphasized the need for monitoring and support from the Foreign Ministry and Ministry to achieve these accesses.

Priority products for access by 2024 include fresh pepper for Argentina, table grapes for Chile, fresh pomegranate, frozen mango, frozen avocado, and frozen blueberries for China, lucuma for Colombia, fresh avocado for Malaysia, aguaymanto, pitahaya, and passion fruit for the United States, hydrangea-cut flowers for Brazil, citrus and blueberries for New Zealand, and blueberries for Japan. It also seeks to improve access to fresh asparagus in the United States by eliminating the fumigation process.

Regarding the frozen fruit to China (mango, avocado, and blueberries), Dolores pointed out that this process has been pending since 2018, and the COVID-19 pandemic affected the progress, but it is now being continued. Regarding table grapes for Chile, he indicated that the access has almost ended, while in the case of citrus fruits in Vietnam, Senasa has already shared the requirements, and some changes are still pending, such as cold treatment. In the case of blueberries for Japan, progress is rapid.

In addition, work is being done to access new varieties of avocado for the United States in collaboration with the Association of Hass Avocado Producers and Exporters of Peru (ProHass), with the aim of identifying varieties that are not hosts of the avocado fly. fruit. The interest in continuing to export grapes and onions to Ecuador was also discussed, where efforts are being made at the government level.

Dolores emphasized the importance of coordinated work with the Association of Agricultural Producers Guilds of Peru (AGAP) and its members, who participated in the meeting on Friday, to agree on the list of priority products. He emphasized the readiness of the unions to facilitate these processes and stated that their support is expected in the bilateral meetings planned for this year.

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