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China Imports More than US $900 Million in Bananas; US $150 Million Comes from Ecuador

17.5.2019

At the Banana Forum, the ICA as phytosanitary authority was emphatic in highlighting that the Chinese market is very demanding in terms of the characteristics of its vendors, and requires that all goods are free of two very high-level specifications, the Fruit fly and the fusarium race 4 fungus.

Given these characteristics, the directors of ICA and Augura stated that they have been working to prevent the fungus from reaching the country, "in Colombia with the ICA we are advancing the control and mitigation plan for the arrival of this fungus in the country.

Currently, Uniban is exporting to China and thanks to the management of the Colombian ambassador in China that has increased the promotion and consumption of bananas in the Asian country.

On the issues of the insecurity by which the banana sector has been affected, the Executive President of Asbama said "it is very worrying the contamination of fruit by drugs is an issue that affects us enormously for many reasons, they threaten the banana workers, create a bad image for the sector and the country. We have made huge efforts to ensure that 100% of the cargo is monitored but for all that we know that the corrupting power of the drug always manages to find a way.”

He also clarified that they are working with the authorities to avoid these problems, denouncing any irregular case they notice.

"We call on the National Government to strengthen security in the corridors of La Troncal, which is basically where the banana is transported to the Port of Santa Marta.", he said.

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