First batch of Chilean pears on its way to China

On Friday, June 15, Chilean Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker announced that Chile has now begun to export Chilean pears to this Asian country. These fresh pears were shipped by Frusan Fruit Export Company based in the O'Higgins area, who grows the largest percentage of pears in Chile. Meanwhile, the Olykins region has a pear cultivation area of 4,535 hectares, accounting for 52% of the country's total area. Frusan’s pear planting area accounts for 8,537 hectares.

"This is a very important milestone for the Chilean fruit farming sector, the future, and the regions of O'Higgins, Moller and the capital," agriculture Minister Antonio Walker said. “It is worth mentioning that negotiations regarding citrus have now begun. We have completed the negotiations regarding pears, and the first cargo ship has been sent to China. Now we are taking the lead in opening up the Chinese market for citrus. We hope that when the Chinese president visits Chile, our president will also be able to sign an agreement with him to open the market for citrus. It’s very important for Chile to have China as a trading partner,” Walker emphasized.

Horacio Bórquez, director of the National Bureau of Agriculture and Livestock Services, stressed the strictness of conditions for exporting products to such a highly demanding market. It’s noteworthy that Chilean pears have been allowed to enter the Chinese market since April, after Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s visit to China.
Source: Zhihua News Agency

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