Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) signed on Tuesday a protocol enabling the export of tobacco leaves from Alagoas and Bahia states to China.
The protocol follows official recognition that the states of Bahia and Alagoas are free from the fungus that causes the tobacco disease known as blue mould.
The protocol will allow the annual export of US$200 million of tobacco leaves and the creation of 50,000 jobs in Bahia.
China currently imports tobacco only from Rio Grande do Sul state.
Contacts are also under way to enable Paraná and Santa Catarina states to begin exporting tobacco to China. (macauhub)