China will raise the bird flu alert it has been holding for two years for turkey meat of Chilean origin, Chilean Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker said today.
The announcement was made by Walker after meeting in Santiago with the Chinese Minister of Customs, Ni Yuefeng, who is visiting Chile and with whom he signed several health and agricultural cooperation agreements.
The Asian country established this alert two years ago, following the detection of an outbreak of this disease in the Valparaíso region, so the minister considered his term good news for local agricultural producers.
The holder of the agricultural portfolio also announced the opening of the Chinese market for shelled hazelnuts and apicultural products.
"When an agricultural product enters China, the growth in plantations, in employment and the development of exports is very impressive for our country," said Walker.
During the meeting, held at the Palacio de La Moneda, headquarters of the Chilean Government, a memorandum of understanding was also signed for the electronic certification that will allow in a first stage that the Chilean livestock products no longer need physical certificates for their entry into China.
The requirements for the transport of fresh fruits in the cold stores of the vessels were also renewed.
The agenda of Minister Ni Yuefeng also foresees a visit to the region of O'Higgins, south of Santiago, to meet on the ground some companies exporting agricultural products in the area.
Minister Walker, on the other hand, made a positive assessment of the visit he made to China at the beginning of November, highlighting some advances in sanitary matters, particularly for the opening of that country's market to Chilean pears and the import of dates from the Asian nation.
He also pointed out that he had raised some issues of interest to Chile, such as advancing the opening of that market to frozen fruits and citrus fruits.
The Minister of Agriculture stressed that President Sebastián Piñera is scheduled to visit China next April, while the president of that country, Xi Jinping, will travel to Chile in the last quarter of next year, to the Leaders Summit of the Economic Cooperation Agreement of Asia Pacific (APEC).