Mexico and France to increase cooperation in food industry

Quesos y carnes frias europeos | Foto: (CC BY-SA 2.0) Torsten Seiler
Quesos y carnes frias europeos | Foto: (CC BY-SA 2.0) Torsten Seiler

Mexico, July 20.- In order to strengthen opportunities for cooperation, investment and market development of agri-food goods between Mexico and France, Enrique Martínez y Martínez, head of SAGARPA, met with his counterpart Stéphane Le Foll.

In the midst of the official visit by President Enrique Peña Nieto to France, the official said that both countries are in a new stage in modernization of the relations, according to a statement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA, for its acronym in Spanish).

Martínez y Martínez explained that both are countries with an agricultural vocation, thus, this new collaborative framework will allow the development of joint projects in order to improve food security.

After 15 years of the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Mexico, this agreement will soon enter under review.

Products such as bananas, beef, sugar, honey, agave syrup, tuna and orange juice, among others, have significant potential to expand its market share in Europe, the Ministry added.

Mexico’s Agriculture Minister explained that in 2014, the food and fishing trade between Mexico and the European Union reached two thousand 866 million dollars, hence the importance of strengthening ties for the exchange of agricultural, livestock and agro-industrial goods between parties.

In turn, the minister Le Foll invited Martínez y Martínez in order that Mexico participates as a partner in the global initiative that France will launch to promote agricultural practices that improve soil organic matter.

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