Adds confirmation of Leal's remarks from Ags Ministry
SAO PAULO, July 14 (Reuters) - Brazilian corn may only be shipped to China next year because of demands made by Beijing regarding trade protocols being put in place, an agriculture ministry official was quoted as saying in Valor Economico newspaper on Thursday.
Jose Guilherme Leal, agriculture defense secretary at the ministry, said Beijing requested the monitoring of some weeds and fungi in corn crops, calling it a common request in negotiations of sanitary agreements and protocols.
"The protocol provides for the need for monitoring and information on production," Leal was quoted as saying in Valor. "As we did not monitor the current second corn crop, I reaffirm that exports will only be possible from the 2022/23 summer crop onwards," he said.
The Brazilian agriculture ministry confirmed Leal's remarks in an emailed message to Reuters.
The secretary was quoted in Valor as saying Brazilian corn growers who want to export to China will have to conform and report the conditions of the crop and the products used to fight pests and diseases. Then the ministry will be able to certify shipments.
Earlier this week, the head of institutional affairs at corn farmer group Abramilho told a news conference that agriculture ministry officials were in talks with China about the approval of certain types of transgenic corn cultivated in Brazil.
China said it would complete the signing of the quarantine agreement for imports of Brazilian corn, without providing an exact timeline.
Brazil is one of the world's largest producer and exporter of corn.
(Reporting by Ana Mano; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Sandra Maler)
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