Last Friday, Bolivia started exporting bio-quinoa to China. The first 40 tons is being shipped from cultivation companies in the Bolivian highlands to the Peruvian harbour Ilo.
President Evo Morales: “This is a historical day and unforgettable for quinoa farmers, as we are shipping quinoa to China for the first time.”
Morales visited ‘Sociedad Industrial Molinera Sociedad Anonima’ (Simsa) in La Paz to witness the departure of the first half of the shipment.
Simsa is exporting 20 tons of red quinoa. The Andean Valley Company will transport 20 tons of red and black quinoa-varieties, called ‘the golden grains’. After the phyto-health requirements have been met, 15 companies will be selling the product on the Chinese market.
The Chinese ambassador in Bolivia, Liang Yu, said the export of quinoa will strengthen the trade relations between China and Bolivia, and that this experience is essential for other Bolivian farmers to join the Chinese market.
A few days earlier, Clarems Endara of the Bolivian Ministry of Commerce said that the Bolivian participation of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai last November had contributed to the acquaintance with this ancient Bolivian nutrition.
Source: translated from www.biojournaal.com/article/9052233/bolivia-begint-historische-export-naar-china. Original source: www.xinhuanet.com