China seeks agreement to import Sri Lankan bananas

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is to sign an agreement with China on quality standards for export of bananas for which there is good demand among Chinese consumers, a government spokesman said.

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the agreement on phytosanitary requirements for banana exports will be signed between China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Quarantine Service of the island’s Ministry of Agriculture.

He said there was good potential to export bananas, which is widely cultivated in Sri Lanka, to China.

The protocol China has proposed to enter into between the two countries for banana exports from Sri Lanka will ensure it meets laws and regulations of both countries.

Banana exports have to be free of unnecessary branch, foliage and soil, under the proposed agreement and be free of quarantine pests of concern to China.

Agrochemical residue and other toxic substances in the bananas should not exceed maximum residue levels specified by Chinese regulations.  (Colombo/August 7 2015)

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