The technical negotiations initiated between the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in the United States (APHIS) led to the signing of the operational action plan which gives the green light for the official opening, for the first time of the American market to Moroccan exports of raspberries.
This agreement is the fruit of negotiations initiated between the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests in Morocco and its American counterpart, noted the ONSSA in a press release.
The US authorities also require that this fruit be packed in packaging units authorized by ONSSA, adds the same source, noting that they also require that any export must imperatively be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Office, certifying that the fruit was actually produced and packaged in accordance with the requirements of the United States (USA).
In addition, the number of establishments authorized by the competent ONSSA services, which operate in the red fruit sector stands at 68, the press release said, stressing that the opening of this new market will contribute to the increase in Moroccan exports of red fruits, a sector which has experienced continuous development in recent years as part of the Green Morocco Plan and the efforts of professionals in the sector.
It should also be noted that Morocco exports more than 140,000 tonnes of red fruit per year to more than forty countries, including the member countries of the European Union, the same source continues.
As part of its intervention in the red fruit sector, ONSSA ensures the control and protection of these fruits. In addition, the competent services of the Office issue health authorizations to establishments operating in the sector, as well as controlling the export of seedlings and red fruit products.