China authorises Costa Rican imports

By Melodie Michel

- Last updated on GMT

China authorises Costa Rican imports
China has approved three Costa Rican plants for exports to its market, according to Costa Rican Agriculture Minister Gloria Abraham Peralta.

Speaking at the Expo San Carlos 2012, Abraham Peralta welcomed the news and said prospects were bright for the country’s beef industry. She expressed satisfaction about the positive impact that accessing the Chinese market will have on the Costa Rican livestock sector after several years of struggle related to low prices.

She called on all farmers to continue their joint work with the public sector in order to improve their profitability. “There is a new horizon ahead of the livestock sector, full of opportunities. However, in order to take advantage of them, the whole beef supply chain and the government must undertake a deep investigation into what caused the crisis, and define together the actions that, as a country, we must take to resume development,”​ she said.

On top of the Coopemontecillos, GICO and El Arreo operations that received the certification, two more plants are expected to make changes recommended by Chinese auditors and achieve the standard in the next few months.

San Carlos farmers’ association president Manuel Hidalgo thanked the Minister for the trust she put in his organisation to co-ordinate various projects. “We are very grateful to the Minister for trusting us. When this administration started, the price of cattle was much lower than the costs. We told the Minister to trust us, that we wanted to work on her side, and today we are about to see the rebirth of the livestock sector,”​ he said.

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