The General Administration of Customs China (GACC) announced it had approved the import of melon from Brazil, following an agreement reached between the two countries in November 2019, said the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply.
China is the world’s largest melon consumer market in the world, with approximately half of the world production, the equivalent of 17 million tonnes in 2017.
The Brazilian Ministry, which cited a statement posted on the official website of the General Administration of Customs China, added that the government of Brazil had yet to receive the official communication of the authorisation.
The list of agricultural producers and packaging facilities authorised to ship the product has yet to be published by the Chinese authorities.
The ministerial statement also said technicians from the GACC had inspected farms producing melons in Rio Grande do Norte and in Ceará, the two Brazilian states that produce the most fruit, between 12 and 17 January 2020.
The aim of the visit was to check the plantations in areas free of fruit fly in those two states. The technicians were accompanied by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, the Livestock Defence Agency of the state of Ceará and the Agcri-livestock Defence and Inspection Institute of Rio Grande do Norte.
In 2018, Brazil exported approximately 200,000 tonnes of melon to different markets such as the United States, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Russia and the European Union. (macauhub)