Mexico City. The Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader), Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, and the French Ambassador to Mexico, Jean-Pierre Asvazadourian agreed to work together and review the bilateral agenda on agricultural issues, in order to strengthen the commercial relationship and the cooperation mechanisms to promote productive, competitive and sustainable agriculture and fishing.
In a virtual meeting, the officials agreed on the importance of strengthening scientific cooperation, by identifying specific projects in the field of agriculture and food between both countries.
Likewise, they considered updating the legal framework for agri-food cooperation, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture, Rural Development and Food between Sader and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of France.
Villalobos Arámbula pointed out that the agency under his charge maintains a working relationship with the French Agency for Development (AFD), within the framework of which cooperation actions on biodiversity are carried out in the productive sectors of fishing and agroecology.
Regarding the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and the European Union, it was reported that some export products will register a reduction in their tariffs, such as banana, orange juice, agave syrup, asparagus, honey, meat, and beef offal, as well as sugar. raw, ethyl alcohol, wheat, flowers, egg products, citrus juice, pineapple juice, sweets and confectionery, piloncillo, and yeasts, among others.
He said that the main export products to France in 2019 were avocados, tequila, coffee, vegetable extracts, fructose, decaffeinated coffee, shrimp, and grapefruit. While Mexico imported champagne, barley, animal feed, onion seeds, wines, cognac, vegetable seeds, and mineral water.
Source: banxico.org.mx, eleconomista.com.mx, gob.mx/agricultura