On Friday, August 23, Japan's ambassador to Colombia, Keiichiro Morishita, officially announced the opening of the Japanese market for Colombian Hass avocado. The announcement was made at an event held at the AGROSAVIA Research Center La Selva in Antioquia, which was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Government of Antioquia through its Ministry of Agriculture, executives of the Hass Avocado Producers and Exporters Corporation of Colombia (Corpohass), researchers from the Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation (AGROSAVIA), officials of the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), producers, exporters, and other actors of the avocado production chain in Colombia.
Ambassador Morishita delivered to ICA officials the export protocol approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan, a document that formalizes the opening of this market for Hass avocado of Colombian origin.
“The possibility that our Hass avocado arrives in this Asian country is a historical event. It's not only great news but also a great challenge for producers and exporters. We must start working to comply with the requirements expressed in the agreement so that the Japanese, who are the eighth biggest importer in the world, eat the best Colombian avocado and prefer it over others,” said Jorge Enrique Restrepo, the executive director of Corpohass.
According to Corpohass, last year, Japanese Hass avocado imports amounted to 218 million dollars. Meanwhile, according to the DIAN, Colombian avocado exports amounted to 62.73 million dollars.
The Japanese delegation had the opportunity to visit a Hass farm in the East of Antioquia and, taking advantage of their stay in AGROSAVIA, learned about the research and technological offer that the Corporation has developed in avocado, together with other strategic allies.