Colombia's National Association of Foreign Trade, Analdex, has the objective of increasing cape gooseberry exports to the US to 800 tons per year. To do this, ICA and Analdex signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the production and export of this fruit to the North American market. “This agreement will strengthen the work that is being carried out in areas with a low prevalence of Mediterranean fly, that is, that are higher than 2,200 meters sea level and don't require cold quarantine treatment, which was how the cape gooseberries were sent before,” Analdex stated.
The agreement also has an accompaniment process that will last nine months. This process includes phytosanitary monitoring and monitoring visits that will be carried out on the premises, every 14 days, as well as inspection visits at the packing plant, monitoring of the fruit loading process and export process, among other activities, in order to comply with the requirements of the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
The ICA and Analdex estimate that around 45 properties will be certified by the last quarter of 2019.
In July of this year, according to the Dane, exports of traditional agricultural products increased by 4.5% as a whole, highlighting products such as coffee (9.4%), banana (6.4%), palm oil ( 2.1%) and sugar (0.2%). Cocoa, Hass avocado, gooseberry, gulupa, and others, also achieved significant growth.