Berlin (Germany) was the scene of a meeting for Ecuador to update Russia on its new phytosanitary control policy on the banana it exports.
The meeting was held on January 16, between Serguei Dankvert , director of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service of Russia, and Patricio Almeida , executive director of the Phytosanitary and Phytosanitary Regulation and Control Agency (Agrocality). In the place, as reported, Ecuador detailed the increase in controls that must have been applied to avoid the presence of the humpback fly in the fruit. Last year, the European country made three calls for attention, due to the alleged presence of the insect in containers that transported the product.
Although the Ecuadorian authorities denied the incident (claimed the possibility that it is a cross-contamination) they have committed to apply measures that guarantee compliance with phytosanitary requirements.
In 2019, 51,225,000 boxes of bananas were exported to that market. About 973,000 tons through 116 exporters. According to Agrocalidad, of the 4 notifications concentrated in 2 exporters, they represent 1.7% of the total . Of all shipments from Ecuador, notifications represent 0.04% of exports and 0.011% of exported fruit boxes.