In order for Mexican producers to become more involved in the programs of safety, plant and animal health operated by the Government of Mexico, the National Service for Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality (Senasica) and the National Agricultural Council (CNA) will strengthen the agreement signed in 2020.
With this agreement, it is sought that a greater number of organized producers join the actions carried out by the technicians of the agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure the generation of healthy and safe food, as well as to prevent the introduction and spread of pests and diseases that could endanger agriculture, livestock, fishing and aquaculture in Mexico.
Senasica specified that, to avoid risks in the industry and the country’s agri-food inventory, as part of the agreement, campaigns at the level of producers will be strengthened with the objective that they immediately notify outbreaks of diseases that they detect in their production units.
Within this framework, work will also be done on the creation of a risk fund to face health contingencies.
Other issues that the work teams will work on in a coordinated manner are: guarantee the traceability of food from origin to the point of sale, strengthen phytosanitary and zoosanitary inspection, increase training for producers, especially those of small and medium scale, as well how to promote and monitor the proper use and management of agricultural pesticides.
The chief director of the Department of Agriculture, Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga, and the president of the CNA, Juan Cortina Gallardo, accompanied by their directors, met at the Senasica headquarters building to outline the issues that will make up the first part of the project.
The federal official indicated that, to conserve and improve the phyto and zoosanitary status that Mexico has gained over the years, it is necessary to adopt shared responsibilities in all agri-food sectors.
He assured that during the previous year, in the face of the health pandemic, Mexico, like most countries, faced the greatest challenge in its history to guarantee the supply of food for its population, however, the national productive sector behaved to the height and redoubled efforts in order not to interrupt the supply chain. He stressed that a large part of these producers are affiliated with the CNA.
He specified that to continue with the strengthening of food production, the members of the Council must take over the inspection tasks for their own benefit and maintain the commitment to systematically notify Senasica about illegal actions that they detect and that could put the commercialization of food at risk. products in Mexico and abroad.
Juan Cortina Gallardo commented that this second part of the Agreement, which will be worked on in a specialized way by those responsible for each area, will allow to continue producing quality food for Mexico and the world and at the same time generate development in the less favored productive systems.
He added that the CNA is aware of the responsibility it has to cooperate with the Government of Mexico to detonate the development of the country and assured that the partners that comprise it are up to the changes that are required to advance in the objective of achieving the food safety.
Likewise, he stressed that the leadership body will ask its associates, who represent almost 80 percent of the national Agri-food Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a total sanitary commitment in their production systems, which will help Mexico continue to exercise leadership it currently has in the field of food production and export.
The official and the business leader agreed that the priority of the agreement is to supply the domestic market with quality products, so that farmers, ranchers and aquaculturists must comply with the official Mexican standards approved by Agriculture to ensure animal health and plant, which additionally contribute to the protection of human health and the environment.
They agreed that the first issue to be reinforced is epidemiological surveillance, to which producers, companies and laboratories must contribute and, in case of identifying evidence of pests and symptoms of diseases of quarantine importance, they must notify the health authority to avoid their dispersion.
At the meeting, the General Directors of Plant Health, Francisco Ramírez; of Animal Health, Juan Gay; Agrifood, Aquaculture and Fishing Safety, Amada Vélez; Phytozoosanitary Inspection, Jorge Luis Leyva; Administration and Information Technology, Francisco Javier Calderón, and Legal, Marco Antonio Ramírez.
The CNA was attended by the general director, Luis Fernando Haro, and the vice presidents of Health and Safety, Mario Puente; Livestock, Juan Manuel Gutiérrez; Agrícola, Rogelio García; Normalization, Mauricio García; of Foreign Trade, Humberto Jasso; and the general director of the Agricultural Markets Consulting Group, Juan Carlos Anaya, among others.