ARGENTINA - A delegation from the Chinese agriculture ministry are visiting Argentina this week strengthen agricultural trade links and settle animal health and sanitary agreements.
The Argentine Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Carlos Casamiquela, met with the Chinese deputy minister of agriculture, Yu Kangzhen (pictured above) for talks over Foot and Mouth Disease, animal health and the possibility of accelerating export markets for meat products.
The Argentine Agriculture Minister said: "We are working to speed approval times and to open up the market.“
Last year, a Memorandum of Understanding over cooperation on animal health and veterinary issues was signed particularly covering cooperation over FMD.
With this framework, the meeting this week set out how the cooperation between teh two countries over FMD, animal health and the possibility of accelerating export markets for meat products would be implemented.
"China is demands the eradication of FMD and knows that Argentina is leader on this issue," the Chinese Vice Minister of Agriculture, Yu Kangzhen said.
The Vice Minister said that China wanted to substantially increase imports from Argentina and he said that the two countries are working together to produce vaccines to counter the disease with a joint venture to build a production plant using Chinese technology.
The plant is expected to start operation this year.
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