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Peru announces entry of quinoa into Chinese market

14:14 | Lima, Dec. 6.

Peru's Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri), through the National Agricultural Sanitation Service (Senasa), on Friday announced the entry —since today— of Peruvian quinoa into China, a market with 1.3 billion potential consumers and a destination with abundant opportunities for Peruvian producers.

First quinoa exports to China will take place after all sanitary and phytosanitary requirements —set by the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC)— are met.

The requirements include a Sanitary Approval of Primary Processing Establishments for quinoa, as well as compliance with the maximum limits established by China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA).

GACC published the list of the 40 establishments (packaging companies) authorized to export this grain, which were previously inspected by Senasa.

Producers that are not on this list must comply with previous audits so that China can authorize their establishments and exports can be made.

Beneficiary producers 

Minagri —through Senasa— has been managing the entry of other products into this market, such as fresh pomegranates and Amazonian chestnuts.

Opening this market to Peruvian quinoa will benefit some 20,000 producers in regions like Cusco, Puno, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Junin and Arequipa.

Peru is the largest producer and exporter of quinoa in the world, a position it has held since 2014, when it moved Bolivia to second place.

Quinoa exports total 45,803 tons so far this year, and have reached 77 countries including the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Chile, UK, Germany, Mexico, etc. 

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Publicado: 6/12/2019
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