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Asia, Europe, South America interested in importing Bolivian meat

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 7, 2019
Official sources have reportedly indicated that countries in Asia, Europe and South America are now showing interest in importing Bolivian meat, as well as in the nation's bovine genetics.
Bolivian farmer with cows
LatAm   Bolivian farmer with cows
The Director of the country's National Agricultural Health and Food Safety Service, Javier Suarez, recently met with representatives from South Korea, Myanmar, Russia, France, the European Union, Ecuador and Colombia to discuss these issues.

The meetings were held as part of the 87th General Session of the World Assembly of National Delegates of the World Organization for Animal Health, held in France during the last week of May, the organization reported.

'Every year when we go to this meeting they tell us that Bolivia's progress in health, production and genetics is remarkable, and they want to import, that fills us with pride because it is among the policies implemented by our Government in the past 13 years', Suarez explained to the Bolivian Information Agency.

In this sense, he indicated that South Korea is interested in importing Bolivian beef and for this aim a delegation is expected to visit this South American country in the coming months.

They also met with specialists from Russia, with whom they made progress in the negotiation and hope to sign the export health certificate for this product, he added.

There was agreement with the representatives of Myanmar to establish a work agenda for Bolivia to provide technical health assistance and genetic improvement to that country.

Meanwhile, agreements were signed with Ecuador to export beef to that country, and with Colombia to begin the process of exporting genetics: semen, embryos and fetal bovine serum for the pharmaceutical industry.

Bolivia has an annual surplus of 40,000 tons of cattle for export.

Several countries such as China, for example, have recognized the progress and development of sanitary capacity and management conditions of cattle in the different production centers of this South American country, authorities said.