Peru advances in its efforts to export asparagus to the United States without methyl bromide fumigation

The United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA Peru) met on June 29 to address technical aspects related to the improvement of phytosanitary conditions for the export of fresh asparagus to this country without methyl bromide treatment.

As a result of this meeting, the American authority published on July 8 the draft Pest Risk Analysis (PRA); which, is in its public consultation phase for a period of 30 days, SENASA stated.

"During this period, the asparagus industry, producers, exporters, academia, and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the document and submit their comments, through the following link."

"This advance in the publication of the PRA will allow Peru to propose mitigation measures for pests without fumigation with methyl bromide, which will improve the competitiveness of Peruvian asparagus in terms of its quality and shelf life; mainly benefiting small producers and exporters of this product to the US,” SENASA stated.

"We expect that Peruvian producers will be able to export asparagus without methyl bromide fumigation to the US starting next year, which would benefit our national agriculture," the agency concluded in its statement.



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