CONPAPA: ‘Mexico won’t import fresh potatoes from the United States’

CONPAPA (National Confederation of Potato Producers of Mexico) did not allow the market opening sought by potato producers from the US because they haven’t met some of the plant health requirements stipulated by law regarding potato imports, reports Debate.com.mx. According to federal authorities in Mexico, 43 diseases of quarantine importance, have been detected in the US. In that sense, the president of CONPAPA, Gerardo Garcia Menaut, said although there were no commercial reasons to ban the entry of potato imports from the United States, it was not allowed as a preventative measure to safeguard the integrity of Mexican potato crops and Mexican producers. “The opening sought to import potatoes was not issued because American producers did not comply with the plant health requirements established to import potatoes,” said the president of Conpapa. He also warned of the risk that ignoring these preventative measures posed, even though the the entry of potatoes is permitted at the border areas of the country. More