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The China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) and Fruit South Africa (FruitSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding Monday to broaden fruit trade between two countries.

The memorandum covers a wide variety of products, including apples, pears, grapes, citrus and subtropical fruits, according to Mashudu Silimela, agriculture counsellor at the South African Embassy in Beijing.

« Both parties have agreed to exchange information on quarantine and inspection, regulatory matters, market access, market improvement and market development, technologies and other related issues, » said Willem Bestbier, chairman of FruitSA.

Silimela said signing the memorandum would create a favorable environment for the development of the fruit trade between the two countries, and establish an effective cooperative mechanism between FruitSA and CIQA.

FruitSA and CIQA are both national non-profit organizations whose stakeholders are growers, growers associations and export enterprises.

South Africa is a leading exporter of citrus fruit in the world, while China is a major importer of South Africa’s citrus fruit in Asia.

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