Brazil will export melon to China

Nov, 13, 2019 Posted by Sylvia Schandert

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Brazil has reached an agreement with China that enables the export of melons to the Asian country. In return, the Chinese will sell pear to the Brazilian market. The acts were signed after a bilateral meeting of Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Xi Jinping, during the XI Brics Summit, which began this Wednesday (11/13) in Brasília. Minister Tereza Cristina (Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply) also attended the meeting.

The melon export deal is symbolic as it is the first deal with China about fruit. In addition to the diversification of the agricultural export agenda to China (most sales are from soy and meat), the protocol has the potential to leverage Brazilian fruit production, especially from the Northeast, which today directs foreign sales to Europe.

“The signed agreements and protocols of intent will be leveraged by us for the good of our people. China is increasingly part of Brazil’s future,” President Jair Bolsonaro said after the ceremony.

The move was negotiated during a recent visit by President Bolsonaro and Minister Tereza Cristina to China. The minister said the talks with the Chinese go beyond the agreements signed today. According to her, both countries have agreed on the sanitary certificate for the exportation of Brazilian cottonseed meal and are negotiating the exportation of soybean meal and the expansion of the Brazilian coffee sales to the Chinese.

“We have a joint work plan between Brazilian and Chinese agriculture. We already have several understandings in progress from our visits, but the partnership with China is more robust with today’s meeting,” said the minister.

An action plan for agricultural collaboration was also signed, which provides for technology transfer, innovation, investment attraction, and trade promotion between the two countries.

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