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Joint Statement With US Could Bouy Farming Productivity

19 December 2013

BRAZIL – Agricultural trade between Brazil and the US is set to further improve with the publication of a joint statement, respective US and Brazilian agricultural authorities have announced.

Michael T Scuse, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services of the US Department of Agriculture, produced the statement yesterday (Wednesday).

It said: “The United States and Brazil are two of the world's largest agricultural producers and exporters. Over the last 20 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) have collaborated on many agriculture issues and currently have some 100 agricultural cooperative activities.”

The statement also outlined future ambitions: "As global leaders in the use of innovative agricultural production technologies, both countries share a keen interest in exploring further agricultural cooperation.”

Mr Scuse added: “Both Brazil and the United States maintain a strong commitment to science-based rulemaking. USDA and MAPA recently agreed to a path forward to amend rules that currently limit bilateral beef trade.

"Bilateral trade of all beef and beef products could occur once each exporting country meets the importing country's equivalence and technical requirements for animal health and food safety.”

 

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