China, Mexico to Strengthen Agri-food Trade
On March 12, 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) announced that the governments of Mexico and China agreed to strengthen scientific cooperation in the agricultural sectors.
Victor Villalobos, the Minister of SADER, held a meeting with Zhang Run, China’s new Ambassador to Mexico, to discuss the importance of boosting agricultural cooperation between China and Mexico. The relationship between the countries was said to have been strengthened as a result of the dialogue, which led to the negotiation and signing of sanitary and phytosanitary protocols that facilitate Mexico to export products to the Chinese market. These products include avocado, grapes, pork, tequila, berries, frozen beef, tobacco leaves, bananas and sorghum.
“The alliance will involve research centers from both countries and expedite health protocols to expand the agri-food exchange, benefitting producers and consumers from both nations,” SADER’s statement reads. Villalobos and Zhang scheduled working visits to the Chinampas Agricultural System, the International Corn and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the National Genetic Resources Center (CNRG). Additionally, they agreed to establish an exchange program for researchers specialized in genetic improvement in agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture.
Villalobos expressed the interest of Mexican producers to get to know more about bamboo production and its uses in the manufacturing of furniture and construction materials. Meanwhile, Ambassador Zhang pointed out that China has made a great effort to promote aquaculture and noted its support for agriculture, especially in cultivating corn. “It is my job to work towards strengthening the relationship between Mexico and China as well as optimizing cooperation processes in agriculture, health, innovation and technology,” Zhang said.
During 2021, Mexico’s main exports to China included pork, fishmeal, lobsters, nuts, beer, walnut, cotton, oilseeds, mollusks and shrimps. During the same period, China sold Mexico tilapia, dried chilies, tuna, vegetable seeds, crustaceans and mollusks, plants, confectionery, wafers and malt.