AMCHAM hails end of US ban on Dominican farm products
Santo Domingo.- The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAMDR) on Tuesday hailed the US Agriculture Dept. and Plant Health (APHIS) decision to lift the ban on the import of various vegetables and citrus fruits from Dominican Republic.
It said agricultural is one of the sectors that benefits from the DRCAFTA trade deal, and which has been affected by the US ban on the presence of the medfly.
AMCHAMDR lauded the Dominican Government´s efforts to maintain a free flow of information with US authorities on the monitoring and surveillance program to eradicate the fruit fly, as described by APHIS senior official Michael Guidicipietro.
“The appearance of this pest teaches us some lessons from which we can emphasize that food security is a priority and increasingly complex in the US market, and other developed countries and therefore should be very effective in the control of the entire production and supply chain and be responsible for detecting problems and address them to avoid greater ills,” AMCHAMDR said in an emailed statement.
“There’s also a need for us to diversify our production capacity with export quality. And thirdly, we must have institutional strength, with well-crafted arguments based on science and updated in order to minimize the effects which have become apparent when a product is prevented from leaving to markets that we have conquered with great effort and others which others can take away if they replace us.”
Jan 12, 2016
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