29/10/2015 - 20:00hs Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on gmail More Sharing Services Agriculture minister to visit Saudi Arabia Kátia Abreu will continue negotiations to unlock exports of Brazilian beef and will attend the Business Forum South America-Arab Countries.
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São Paulo – Kátia Abreu, Brazil’s minister of Agriculture, will go to Saudi Arabia next week to continue negotiations for the reopening of the market to Brazilian beef exports and to attend the Business Forum South America- Arab Countries, on November 8th and 9th, an event leading up to the 4th Summit South American-Arab Countries (Aspa, in the Portuguese and Spanish acronym), scheduled for November 10th and 11th in Riyadh, the country’s capital.
The Arab nation suspended beef imports at the end of 2012, when the Brazilian government announced that an animal from the Paraná state herd, which died in 2010, was carrying the causing agent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), aka mad cow disease, without, however, developing the disease.
Since then, government officials from both countries had several meetings to discuss the resumption of exports. In June, for instance, Saudi authorities were in Brazil to visit beef producing plants to get to know the Brazilian sanitary controls, with the goal to support a decision about the embargo. The expectation now is for negotiations to advance.
In the business forum, the minister will speak on investment opportunities in Brazilian agribusiness.
After Saudi Arabia, Abreu will go to the United Arab Emirates and has meetings scheduled with authorities and businesspersons in the capital Abu Dhabi. After, she will go to India and China.
Agribusiness exports from Brazil to Saudi Arabia fetched USD 1.52 billion from January to August, up 7.25% from a year ago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. Sales to the UAE grossed USD 831 million, down 25.5%.
Foreign Ministry sources said some of the main topics on the Aspa summit’s agenda will be the issue of refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria and other countries in the region, as well as the conflicts in themselves, i.e. international affairs.
The primary concern regarding refugees is the multitudes trying to reach Europe, whereas Brazil, despite its distance, issued over 8,000 visas to people fleeing the civil war in Syria, and granted refugee status to over 2,000.
Other important topics, according to the Ministry, will be energy, food security, the environment, desertification, water resource management, South-South cooperation in healthcare, and trade agreements. It is worth noting that the Mercosur is in talks for agreements of this sort with several Arab countries, and some such treaties have been signed, such as with Egypt.
*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani & Gabriel Pomerancblum
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in my opinion, the scorched earth policy is the only policy available. and then what do you do with the land? ($$$)
this cwd tse prion must be stopped. the vertical and lateral transmission of this cwd tse prion agent amongst cervids, if cwd jumps species (if it has not already), and transmits the same ways vertical and lateral in other species, and the other species are as susceptible from so many different routes and sources, simply put, we’re screwed, if we are not screwed already, I mean the mad cow bse tse prion been out of the barn here in North America for Decades, just saying.
I am not trying to scare anyone, I am simply presenting the facts, you must make your own decision or not. we have ignored these tse prion disease way too long. right now seems policy is just to change the name of them, and call it a day, (that would take to long to explain i.e. ibnc bse tse or the infamous sporadic ffi or sporadic gss that is not tied to any family link...GET OUT OF HERE...iatrogenic maybe from ffi or gss, maybe) but to let lobbyist and their legislators make up the science and the policy making for cwd tse pron there from, and continue to ignore sound science, is a terrible mistake in my opinion.
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