A delegation consisting of technicians from AGROCALIDAD, INIAP and the Ministry of Foreign Trade travelled to Brazil to negotiate the phytosanitary restrictions and hand out the Technical Report and the Work Plan for risk mitigation. In 2016, Brazil requested changes to the Work Plan. Once these were taken into consideration, Brazil concluded that all the phytosanitary issues had been resolved.
"Fernando Cabezas, Executive Director of AGROCALIDAD said that "this is an incentive to boost the national economy, since the banana sector is an industry of vital importance for our agricultural sector."
Eduardo Ledesma, President of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE) said that "the opening of the Brazilian market for Ecuadorian bananas represents an opportunity to market the fruit in the Southern Cone. The work carried out by AGROCALIDAD together with the Ministry of Foreign Trade has been hugely beneficial for us. Our banana stands out for its flavour, quality and shelf life, among other qualities."
In 2016, Ecuador exported more than 5 and a half million tonnes to 71 destinations.
AGROCALIDAD will continue to enforce strict phytosanitary controls in order to make sure that export bananas are free of pests in all cases.