The reopening of the Chinese market for Brazilian beef did not stem from technical or communications issues, and the good relationship between the two countries will continue to prosper, reach the pre-pandemic level and advance further, according to Brazil's Agriculture minister Tereza Cristina.
Brazil and Argentina are leading the combat against African Swine Fever, ASF, in the continent. Last week Tereza Cristina, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, announced the allocation of US$ 500,000 to fight the disease in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, countries where a repeat of outbreaks have been reported.
Brazil's Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina, denied that diplomatic relations with China are strained and said that she does not see the continuation of the Chinese ban on Brazilian beef, which has lasted for nearly two months, as a political act.
Brazil's minister of agriculture and livestock Tereza Cristina has sent a letter to the head of Beijing's Customs office in which she expresses her willingness to discuss the current ban on Brazilian beef exports to China, according to farm media.
Brazil' Ministry of Agriculture confirmed over the weekend the existence of two atypical cases of Bovine Encephalopathy Spongiform, BES, commonly known as mad cow which triggered the immediate temporary suspension of beef exports to China from Sunday 5 September, according to an official release.
Agriculture ministers from various South American countries participated in a video conference on Monday, March 23, to discuss harmonization of standards and ensure the smooth flow of goods and food supplies throughout the region during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Brazil's agriculture minister on Tuesday defended a record number of pesticide and weedkiller approvals this year, saying the government was not “putting poison on anyone's plate.”
Brazil is considering granting an import quota of 750,000 metric tons of U.S. wheat per year without tariffs in exchange for other trade concessions, according to Brazilian officials. That is about 10% of Brazilian annual wheat imports and is part of a two-decade-old commitment to import 750,000 metric tons of wheat a year free of tariffs that Brazil made — but never kept — during the World Trade Organization's Uruguay Round of talks on agriculture.
Brazil's agriculture gross domestic product is expected to rise 2% year-on-year in 2019, compared to a forecasted drop of 1.6% this year, farmer’s union CNA said. CNA laid out an optimistic view for 2019 with positive outlooks for Brazil’s economy and agriculture policy.
Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro said “prudence” was necessary before signing any trade agreement with other nations, in reference to the ongoing negotiations between Mercosur and the European Union.