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China, South Africa sign MoU to boost fruit trade

The China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) and Fruit South Africa (FruitSA) signed an MoU to broaden fruit trade between two countries

The agreement covers a wide variety of products, including apples, pears, grapes, citrus and subtropical fruits, Mashudu Silimela, agriculture counsellor at the South African Embassy in Beijing said.

“Both parties have agreed to exchange information on quarantine and inspection, regulatory matters, market access, market improvement and market development, technologies and other related issues,” said FruitSA chairman Willem Bestbier.

Silimela pointed out that the memorandum would create a favourable environment for the development of the fruit trade between the two countries and establish an effective cooperative mechanism between FruitSA and CIQA.

FruitSA and CIQA are national non-profit organisations whose stakeholders are growers, growers associations and export enterprises.