Mexico: Ministers of Agriculture of Latin America unite before Covid-19

The Secretary of Agriculture, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, and ministers of the sector in the Pacific Alliance region: Colombia, Chile and Peru, as well as South America: Bolivia and Ecuador, held a virtual meeting focused on sharing health protocols, actions and experiences for the mitigation of COVID-19 effects in the sector.

They agreed on the opportunity represented by establishing an information mechanism, in coordination with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), for the management of public policies that affect agricultural productivity.

In this sense, the head of Agriculture of Mexico pointed out that the federal government has acted and defined a policy aimed at reducing the impacts on public health and the economic sector.

He affirmed that in the agri-food sector there is a clear policy for the production, supply and marketing of food, as well as the continuity of exports in compliance with commitments to international markets.

"The producers have not lowered their arms and contribute to food security in the country," said Villalobos Arámbula.

He specified that, by bilateral agreement, the transit of food is maintained on the northern border, on both roads, and sanitation measures and sanitary protocols in the production and logistics systems for the supply of healthy, safe and quality food are strengthened.

He explained that they are working with the sister countries of Central America to make available products that may be in surplus due to the temporary contraction or closure of the country's hotel and restaurant industry.


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