After two years of diplomatic efforts and negotiations, Brazil has authorized the entry of Peruvian pomegranate into its territory, which opens a new market for this Peruvian fruit, stated the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).
The Secretary of Agricultural Defense, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) of Brazil published normative instruction number 43, which green lights the entry of Peruvian pomegranate, in the official bulletin today.
According to the norm, Peruvian pomegranates must be packed in first-use paper boxes and the shipments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) of the Minagri. In addition, the product may be inspected at the point of entry.
The Ministry of Agriculture stated that the entry of pomegranate into Brazil was the product of the public-private effort that had started two years ago when the Pomegranate guild (Pro Granada), which is attached to the Association of Agricultural Producers' Associations of Peru (AGAP), requested Senasa's support to comply with the phytosanitary requirements demanded by that country.
The negotiations in Brazil included the work of the head of the Minagri, Gustavo Mostajo, who, in coordination with Senasa, began talks with agricultural and commercial authorities of Brazil when he was an agricultural expert at the Office of Foreign Trade in Sao Paulo.
The Ministry of Agriculture said it would continue to work to boost the sector, promoting agricultural exports by opening and maintaining markets for Peruvian products.