Great potential for cooperation in agriculture and trade - Interview with Brazilian Agriculture Minister Teresa Christina

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"China is already one of Brazil's most important trading partners, especially in the field of agricultural trade. The potential for bilateral cooperation is huge. I hope that during my term of office, I can continue to promote the cooperation between Pakistan and China." Brazil's new Minister of Agriculture Teresa Christie Na Correa Da Costa said in an interview with the Xinhua News Agency in the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture.


Teresa Cristina became the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture in January this year. Previously, as an agricultural technology expert, she worked for a long time in the state of Mato Grosso, and served as the director of the state's agriculture. During her time as a member of the House of Representatives, she promoted a number of policies to benefit farmers.


“In recent years, China has become the largest buyer of Brazilian agricultural products. China has further opened its market to the outside world, and more and more high-quality Brazilian agricultural products have entered the Chinese market and become a delicious Chinese dish for Chinese people. Brazilian soybeans are processed into feed to help China. The livestock industry provides Chinese consumers with more sources of protein,” Teresa Cristina pointed out.


According to figures released by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, the mainland of China is the largest export destination for Brazilian agricultural products. Last year, Brazil’s agricultural exports reached nearly US$102 billion, of which exports to the Chinese mainland reached US$35.6 billion. Soybeans, beef, chicken and sucrose have become Brazil's main export agricultural products to China.


“As the urbanization process accelerates and the people's quality of life improves, China's demand for quality food will become higher and higher, and Brazil is a reliable supplier. We are stepping up efforts to promote communication and exchanges with the Chinese quarantine department. In the meantime, we will issue licenses to more Brazilian meat processing plants. At the same time, we will also actively promote Brazilian coffee, fruits and juices to the Chinese market. In May this year, more than 50 Brazilian companies will participate in Shanghai, China. China International Food & Beverage Exhibition, showcasing Brazilian products to Chinese consumers," she said.


Teresa Cristina said that Brazil has a vast territory and a large space for developing agriculture, but because of its small domestic market, it restricts the expansion of agricultural production. "We hope that China will not only be a simple buy-and-sell relationship, but also a long-term strategic partnership," she said.


Teresa Cristina believes that another major factor constraining Brazil's agricultural development is infrastructure. “Infrastructure has a great impact on Brazilian farmers. Farmers have planted crops, but there are no roads, railways, waterways and docks to transport agricultural products. This is a bottleneck in Brazil’s agricultural development. We hope that China will expand its investment in Brazil and help We build more roads, railways and ports. Brazil's legal system is sound and will fully protect the legitimate interests of foreign investors."


In May of this year, Teresa Christina will visit China for the first time as a minister. She is very much looking forward to this: "I have visited China when I was the Minister of Agriculture of the South Mato Grosso State. The Chinese and the Brazilian are very similar in many respects, very warm and hospitable, and very inclusive. Brazil wants to be an important partner of China.