After having audited the Colombian phytosanitary system last month, the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China has authorized more Colombian Hass avocado production areas and packing plants to export this fruit to the Asian market in 2021.
The Chinese health authority authorized 8 areas that are located 1,500 meters above sea level in the departments of Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, Risaralda, and Quindio. They also praised the country's monitoring and control program for fruit borers, the responsible use of ICA-registered inputs, and the strict compliance with the withdrawal periods and the traceability of the fruit from the beginning of the crop to the clearance for export.
Deyanira Barrero Leon, the general manager of the ICA, highlighted the strength of the Colombian phytosanitary system and its strict compliance with the requirements of international markets, which has allowed the country to make exports to the Chinese market since last year. "The Chinese market is a priority for us because of the great future possibilities it presents for Colombian exports, that's why we work as a team from farm to farm with small, medium, and large producers, to provide them with more opportunities to market their products," she said.
The ICA continues to work with the entire Colombian Hass avocado chain so that producers have access to guaranteed quality material. They work to allow the entry of the genetic material that the production projects require, advance quarantines, and register nurseries so that they offer phytosanitary guarantees of known origin.
The Ministry of Agriculture, the ICA, and Corpohass work with the unions and about 15,000 registered producers to meet the strict sanitary and phytosanitary requirements of Hass avocado crops to increase the number of production sites that are free from fruit borers.