According to the Regional Director of the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), Paola Conca, fruit exporters from the region and the country, will be able to send pears to China as of May of this year, thanks to the signing of the Protocol of agreement, which will be signed at the end of this month.
"The SAG, together with ASOEX and other public-private entities, have worked hard together to develop this protocol or work plan that is about to be approved. Undoubtedly, the opening of this new market for Chilean pears is a potential for more employment and development, since the O'Higgins region has the largest number of hectares in pear production nationwide," she said.
At present, the main markets for this fruit are the United States and the European Union, with a price that did not exceed US $ 2 during the 2017-2018 season; which ended with a drop in exports for Chile with volumes close to 128 thousand tons. Hence, opening the Chinese market is expected to allow the country to, once again, export 130 thousand or 140 thousand tons worldwide.
"The certifications and inspections that the SAG conducts will allow us to continue guaranteeing that the fruits we export have the proper phytosanitary condition," Conca said.
During January of this year, experts from the Department of Supervision on Animal and Plant Quarantine of the Ministry of Customs of the People's Republic of China, visited productive orchards as well as fruit processing and packing companies in the country to verify in situ the conditions that Chile and the region have, as part of the protocol that is about to be signed.