With the aim of getting the Peruvian blueberries produced in the Bío Bío and Ñuble regions into the U.S. market, Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker met with U.S. agricultural authorities during his visit to Washington.
Walker highlighted the efforts of local businessmen to enter a demanding market like the U.S., adapting production to market requirements regarding the restriction of fumigation with methyl bromide.
In the United States, Walker held meetings with U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (FAS), Ted McKinney; U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (APHIS), Greg Ibach and the Undersecretary of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Mindy Brashears, with whom he analyzed the sanitary measures of the North American country to speed up the systems approach processes of blueberries and table grapes, and to deal with sanitary and safety issues between both countries.