||Argentina,China : The phytosanitary protocol was certified for the first shipment of cherries to China
||Argentina is preparing to make the first shipment of fresh cherries to China as a result of the agreements reached between the two countries in the framework of the bilateral agreements signed at the beginning of last December in Buenos Aires by Presidents Mauricio Macri and Xi Jinping.
This is a consignment of approximately 160 tons divided into eight containers with fruit from productive establishments in the provinces of Neuquen and Ro Negro.
The cherries will be moved by land from the customs warehouse of the Neuquen town of Centenario to the Chilean port of Valparaso from where they will go to China.
The National Service of Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa), the government of Neuqun and the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China certified the implementation of the phytosanitary protocol for the first shipments.
To verify the process, the delegation of Chinese officials visited productive and packaging establishments, and inspected the Centenario Phytosanitary Warehouse.
In addition, a work agenda was agreed upon that provides for the visit by Chinese auditors to productive establishments in Neuquen, Ro Negro, Chubut and Santa Cruz until January 12.
The Secretary of Government of Agribusiness, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, said: "we are fulfilling our commitments in record time".
"A month ago, we signed these agreements with China, and we already made the first export," Etchevehere said, noting that "the growth of this sector will mean the creation of 100 thousand jobs in the next 10 years."
On the other hand, the president of the Senasa, Ricardo Negri, maintained that "this is a coordinated work with the Patagonian provinces, interacting with the private sector, to comply with phytosanitary requirements".
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