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Argentina and Brazil fail to reach agreement to reopen border to fruit imports

Staff Writer |
The first meeting between the Argentine and Brazilian phytosanitary authorities seeking to unblock the entry of pears and apples from the Rio Negro Valley and Neuquen to Brazil ended with no concrete results.

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Conversations between the parties will continue.

The president of Senasa president, Ricardo Negri and Diego Quiroga, National Director of Plant Protection of Senasa, among other officials, represented Argentina at the meeting, which was held in Brasilia.

According to sources that participated in the meeting, "the meeting was positive because the new Brazilian phytosanitary authorities listened attentively to our arguments and showed a clear will to solve the problem."

Last week the Brazilian government shut down the Risk Mitigation System (SMR) that was applied in Argentina for the control of the carpocapsa and, as a consequence, closed its borders to the import of pears, apples, and quinces coming from Argentina.

More than 150 million dollars are at stake, as that is what the Rio Negro Valley pome exports to that destination amount to.

Last year, the Brazilian markets absorbed 100,000 tons of pears and around 20,000 tons of apples from Rio Negro and Neuquen, becoming the main destination of their exportable offer.

Clearly, if the fruit trade with the neighboring country is not restored in a few more weeks, the activity could suffer tens of millions of dollars in losses.

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