Since their historic return to the United States, lemons have become one of the stars of Argentina's agro-export market.
In 2017 they also returned to Brazil and managed to enter Mexico. Last year they achieved opening the Colombian market. Now, they will have the opportunity to reach the second most populated nation in the world: India.
The secretary of Agribusiness of the Nation, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, informed that the Asian nation had approved the export protocols of lemons.
These developments occurred within the framework of the tour that President Mauricio Macri, along with a large part of his cabinet and Argentine companies, is carrying out in China.
India also enabled the entry of fresh eggs and egg products, chia seeds, and fish and bone meal.
The government will continue working to quickly achieve access to the Indian market for the following Argentine products: orange, mandarin, grapefruit, grapes, blueberries, nuts, yerba mate, and sesame seeds.
The bilateral agreement allows India to export guar and millet seeds to Argentina. India is also interested in marketing rice, onions, potatoes, pomegranates, grapes, bananas, mangoes, poultry, and poultry products.
In parallel, "both parties agreed to intensify the exchange of technology in agriculture. Taking into account the progress made by the two parties in agricultural machinery for small owners, both countries resolved to simplify the export processes for that kind of machinery and equipment," officials from the Presidency stated.
Etchevehere and his Indian counterpart, Parshottam Rupala, signed two cooperation work plans.
One of them will speed up the respective regulatory authorities' sanitary and phytosanitary approvals of products of mutual interest and improve access to markets.
The second is aimed at improving the scope of agricultural cooperation between India and Argentina, including the exchange of technology to increase productivity, reduce post-harvest losses, and build climate resilience.
The conclusion of the Work Plan for cooperation in the field of agricultural research establishes a mechanism that will deepen cooperation and productive innovation, as well as the transfer of technology between the Inta and the Icar.