Chile's Association of Fruit Exporters AG (ASOEX) has signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Sichuan Pingchang Haiyue Agriculture Co. Ltd, an entity committed to agricultural production and technological development in China. The objective of this agreement is cooperation in research and development for the selection of fruit varieties, the transfer of planting, processing, and production technologies, and technical training in fruit production.
The agreement was signed last week at ASOEX' premises, as part of the visit of a public-private delegation of the Bazhong Municipal Government of the Sichuan Province of China. The delegation was integrated by He Ping, the Mayor of Bazhong and Undersecretary of the Bazhong Municipal Party Committee; Zhang Zuoyong, the Director of the Bazhong Chinese Foreign Affairs Office; Zheng Qiong, the Director of the Bazhong Water Affairs Office; Li Shanjun, the Governor of Nanjiang County of Bazhong; Li Yuliang, the Governor of Pingchang County of Bazhong, and Wang Qingping, the Governor of Enyang County of Bazhong. The representatives of the Chinese private sector were WANG Qide, the President of Sichuan Dejian Nanjiang Mongolian Gazelle Food Co. LTD; Xiong Chunhua, the President of Sichuan Yingge Wine Co. LTD; Zhang Yuxian, the President of Bashan Animal Husbandry Company; Zhang Wen, the General Manager of Sichuan Pingchang Haiyue Agriculture Company, and He Miao, the General Manager of General Shanxi Modern Fruit Group.
The Chinese delegation was received by Ronald Bown, the president of ASOEX; Miguel Canala-Echeverría, the general manager of ASOEX; Ignacio Caballero, the marketing assistant manager of ASOEX, and Carlos Cruzat, the president of Chile's Kiwi Committee. The agreement was signed by Ronald Bown, and Zhang Wen, the general manager of Sichuan Pingchang Haiyue Agriculture Company.
According to ASOEX, "this is agreement will benefit Chilean fruit producers and exporters as well as our Chinese counterpart, as they will be able to learn about the developments in our sector. It will lead to technology exchange, technical training, and development of joint projects, which will mutually us both. In addition, it will serve as a platform for cooperation in actions to develop national and international markets.
It's worth noting that according to data from ASOEX, Chile sent a total of 385,516 tons of fresh fruit to China in the 2017-2018 season, i.e. 66.6% more than in the previous season. Cherry exports accounted for 41% of this volume, table grapes for 30.8%, plums 10.7%, kiwis 4.2%, avocados 3.2%, apples 2.9%, and blueberries 2.5%. Starting in 2019, this offer includes Chilean pears.