MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese government has lifted the prohibition on the import of bananas originating from the Philippines.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua

In a courtesy call of Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua at the Department of Agriculture. He said, “China will now allow and accept bananas coming from the Philippines.”

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said, “We very much appreciate the action of the Chinese government as this will relieve our banana farmers from the serious problem during the suspension considering that China is a huge market for our banana industry.”

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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol – thestandard.com.ph

Ecuador is the top highest exporter of bananas in the world while the Philippines rank second as it supplies a 95 percent of the total banana demand for the Asian market.

Last year, the Philippines exported a total of 448,000 metric tons of bananas to China amounting to $157.5 million dollars but after notifications of non-compliance, the 35 tons amounting to $33,000 dollars has been destroyed by the Chinese government in Shenzen province, which also led to the suspension of 27 exporters.

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According to the  Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine in China, they immediately issued a notification of non-compliance, telling that inspection in the shipment made by NKM Import/Export Inc. to Dalian Kawoo Import and Export Co. Ltd. A presence of Dysmicoccus neobrevipes pest has been detected

Another reason of its suspension is that a banana has a carbendazim level of 0.199 mg/kg, in excess of the maximum residue level of 0.1 mg/kg. in the of Sumifru to Shenzen Everglory Trading Co. Ltd.

In any case, simply a month ago, ASQIQ sent an investigation group to the Philippines to assess the restorative measure being actualized by the local-based exporters, thus the lifting of the ban.

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The lift in the prohibition of export of the banana product gives a new opportunity for other Philippine products. Chinese ambassador Jianhua said China is also looking at increasing its imports from the Philippines especially on high esteem business crops, for example, mangoes, coconut, and dragon fruit, among others.

Chinese ambassador Jianhua said, “China is also looking at increasing its imports from the Philippines especially on high esteem business crops, for example, mangoes, coconut, and dragon fruit, among others.”

“China is also interested in the following products like the high-end fishery products from the Philippines including Lapu-Lapu, crabs, shrimps, prawns, squids,  and tuna,” Jianhua added. -JCE.

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