Good news for Italian exports, as the addendum to the Italy-China protocol enabling Italian kiwifruits to reach China by ship has been signed.
The agreement is fruit of the teamwork that involved the national and Emilia-Romagna phytosanitary services, Mipaaf (Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry policies) and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and it enables the shipment of up to 7 thousand kiwi tons on a single ship to China without stopovers.
Regional counselor for Agriculture Alessio Mammi thanked the Minister for Agriculture Teresa Bellanova and the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Manlio di Stefano for their work. The agreement will enable Emilia-Romagna kiwifruits to reach China in container ships, and the advantages will increase the competitiveness of the entire chain.
"The quality of regional phytosanitary checks and the cooperation with all partners involved enabled us to reach a result that opens up new opportunities for our regional exports. Competition on a global level works when institutions are willing to help out and companies are ready and skilled. I believe this is an excellent result for the entire system," explains Mammi.
The agreement concerning kiwifruit exports clears the way for Italy-China dossiers on apples and pears, which producers from Emilia-Romagna are also interested in.