Monday, May 25, 2015

Government gives up to import coffee from Peru

The efforts made by the National Confederation of agriculture and livestock (CNA) and Federation of agriculture and livestock of the State of Minas Gerais (Faemg) by the federal Government to prevent imports of green beans of coffee from Peru gave results. After negotiations between the entities, was published in the "Official Gazette" of the decision yesterday from the Ministry of agriculture which reverses the recent release, considered misguided by the productive sector.
According to the Chairman of the Committee of coffee production of Faemg and the CNA, Breno Mosque, the suspension is the result of intense mobilization of the sector in the past few days. "It was an effort of many partners. We've been in constant dialogue with the Ministry and presented a technical study, drawn up by the ANC, with the scientific argumentation of the national production, plant health risks beyond the point of view of the economic and social impact. It was essential that the release was suspended and the health criteria were reviewed before they happen a first consignment, regardless of volume, "said in a statement.
The text published yesterday by the Ministry of agriculture and livestock Defense of Map suspends importation until the National Phytosanitary protection Organization of Peru (ONPF) present a work plan, to be approved by Brazilian Health Defense, containing information about the production, pests and pesticide treatments used, as well as risk mitigation measures of sending pests in international trade in coffee.
"We cannot take the matter as closed. We will continue monitoring developments, conducting technical studies and participating actively to prevent new release, "said Mesquita.
Gap-early Desai week, Breno Mosque had criticized the Brazilian opening to the Peruvian grit, noting that, in addition to the risk of bringing new pests to crops would lead to serious economic impact in Brazil, to the country. "There is nothing that justifies this import, seriously undermining a productive sector that has always had enormous importance to our economy. We are the largest coffee producer in the world, with more than a third of all grain produced in the world. If our production supplies the market in quantity, quality and variety, is at least one defeat flush the input of a product that canibalizaria generating thousands of jobs and income in our country, "he criticized.
For 2015, the national coffee production is expected to more than 40 million bags, guaranteeing revenues of about $ 20 billion. The sector employs approximately 8 million Brazilians.
Reuters – 22/05/2015
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