Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture Carlos Casamiquela met on Monday [14 September 2015] with visiting Deputy head of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) Zhang Qinrong. The two leaders signed a protocol for Argentina to export bales of alfalfa to China and made modifications to three existing agreements, allowing Argentina to export pet food as well as bovine embryos and semen to China. “The agreements signed today create more opportunities for our producers and will boost national production,” said Casamiquela after the meeting…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2015
- In addition to alfalfa, China has recently eased trade restrictions on Argentinian pears, apples, sorghum, blueberries, grapes, and mutton (i.e. sheep meat).
- From January to June 2015, Argentina reportedly exported 17,051 MTs of beef to China.
- From 25 March to 1 April 2015, Chinese AQSIQ officials inspected honey production areas in Chaco province (northern Argentina) and in western Buenos Aires province.
- From 2010 to 2014, Chinese imports of forage crops (i.e. alfalfa hay, clover, etc.) increased from 228,190 MTs to more than 1 million MTs. The USA was the dominant supplier, while Australia acted as a minor secondary supplier.
- In August 2013, China permitted the importation of 60,000 metric tons of GMO Argentine corn. The corn was to be used for chicken and hog feed.
- In 2012, Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture and China’s State Administration of Grain (SAG) signed Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation relating to grain.