Zim strikes lucrative citrus deal

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Elita Chikwati Senior Farm Journalist

Zimbabwe can now export fruit to China after the two countries signed the Citrus Phytosanitary Protocol, in a development that is expected to expand fruit export destinations and remove overreliance on Africa from the South and the European market.

The phytosanitary protocol requires that a cold chain system for the export of fresh citrus fruits to China be in place like any other country, including the European Union (EU) for the management of false codling moth and other pests.

This cold chain must start at the port as opposed to the original requirement for cooling to start at the farm.

China was represented by the General Administration of Customs of China, Minister Ni Yuefeng while Zimbabwe was represented by Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Anxious Masuka.

Fresh citrus varieties for export to China from Zimbabwe include sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), tangerine (Citrus reticulata), grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), lemon (Citrus limon and Citrus aurantifolia) and bitter orange (Citrus aurantium).

The Acting Chief Director of the Department of Research and Specialist Services, Dr Dumisani Kutywayo, confirmed the developments.

“The General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China signed first and we followed suit.

“We are now educating stakeholders on the requirements for exporting fresh fruit to China. Local citrus industry players have accepted the favorable terms,” he said.

In a post on the micro-blogging site Twitter, the Chinese Embassy in Harare said, “Zimbabwe’s sweet and juicy citrus fruits will reach the Chinese market as the citrus export protocol has just been signed. We are implementing President Xi’s commitment that China will open a green channel for the export of African agricultural products. This will benefit more Zimbabwean farmers.

The finalization of the protocol will give impetus to the conclusion of partnerships and producer arrangements with Chinese companies willing to export the products to China.

The signing of the trade protocol will also cement the trade relationship between the two nations and open the door to other products that we did not export, which will lead to an increase in the contribution of agriculture to the export basket.

China also imports grade b and c citrus, which will help Zimbabwe to export grades deemed inferior by traditional markets.

The request for a citrus export protocol between Zimbabwe and China began in 2015 when Zimbabwe was looking for a market for Shashi Citrus smallholder farmers.

China requested information on the pest risk assessment for the export of fresh citrus fruits from Zimbabwe to China.

When Zimbabwe submitted the information, Chinese experts visited Zimbabwe in 2018 for pre-shipment inspection of citrus fields to verify the consistency of pests associated with citrus in Zimbabwe and also compliance with shade standards of citrus fruits. packaging required.

Chinese experts have declared the false codling moth (FCM) and Natal fruit flies to be pests of concern.

From 2019 to 2020, negotiations continued until a protocol was recently signed between the two countries after agreeing on greed measures to address plant biosecurity concerns.

China has also agreed, outside the framework of the protocol, to provide technical assistance to Zimbabwe regarding the export of fresh citrus fruits to the Chinese market.

This initiative will improve local capacity to monitor and monitor citrus groves for insect pests and diseases.

Meanwhile, all orchards and packing houses who wish to export citrus fruits to China have been requested to register with the Ministry of Lands for approval by the ministry and approved by both MLAFWRD and GACC.

The finalization of the protocol will give impetus to the conclusion of partnerships and producer arrangements with Chinese companies willing to export the products to China.

The signing of the trade protocol will also cement the trade relationship between the two nations and open the door to other products that we did not export, which will lead to an increase in the contribution of agriculture to the export basket.

The request for a citrus export protocol between Zimbabwe and China began in 2015 when Zimbabwe was looking for a market for Shashi Citrus smallholder farmers.

China requested information on the pest risk assessment for the export of fresh citrus fruits from Zimbabwe to China.

When Zimbabwe submitted the information, Chinese experts visited Zimbabwe in 2018 for pre-shipment inspection of citrus fields to verify the consistency of pests associated with citrus in Zimbabwe and also compliance with shade standards of citrus fruits. packaging required.

Chinese experts have declared the false codling moth (FCM) and Natal fruit flies to be pests of concern.

From 2019 to 2020, negotiations continued until a protocol was recently signed between the two countries after agreeing on greed measures to address plant biosecurity concerns.

China has also agreed, outside the framework of the protocol, to provide technical assistance to Zimbabwe regarding the export of fresh citrus fruits to the Chinese market.

This initiative will improve local capacity to monitor and monitor citrus groves for insect pests and diseases.

Meanwhile, all orchards and packinghouses wishing to export citrus fruits to China have been requested to register with the Ministry of Lands for approval by the ministry and approval by MLAFWRD and GACC.

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