Definitive progress for Chile to export table grapes without fumigation to the United States

Published Jun 21, 2024

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Chile's Minister of Agriculture, Esteban Valenzuela, and the US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, have discussed implementing the Systems Approach, a method to replace methyl bromide fumigation in table grape exports from Chile to the US with a series of mitigation measures. This approach aims to improve fruit quality and competitiveness by eliminating the need for fumigation, a requirement for grapes from other countries. The move is expected to benefit the regions of Valparaíso, Coquimbo, and Atacama, which are currently facing drought and are significant contributors to Chile's table grape exports. The first Global Grape Convention, aimed at addressing industry challenges, is scheduled for August 8, 2024, with Chile and Peru participating.
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The Minister of Agriculture of Chile, Esteban Valenzuela, held a telematic meeting with the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States, Tom Vilsack, to discuss advances in the Systems Approach. This system replaces fumigation with methyl bromide with a series of mitigation measures, at origin, improving the quality and condition of the fruit in the destination market, allowing it to achieve a competitive position compared to table grapes from other countries that do not require fumigation. “There is a historic and definitive advance for Chile to export table grapes without methyl bromide to the United States, which is very important for the regions of Valparaíso, Coquimbo and Atacama,” said the minister. Related news: Fedefruta described statements by the US ambassador about the Systems Approach as excellent news “Table grapes are the second most important fruit in our exports and a chain of enormous economic development for the regions, so this is a definitive step,” he added. ...
Source: MXfruit
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