Orestes Ortez, the minister of agriculture in El Salvador, chaired the opening ceremony for a workshop on “good documentation practices.” The two-day training informed producers about agricultural and trade documentation required under the Free Trade Agreement between Dominican Republic, Central America and the United States.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador, in conjunction with the Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), updated attendees on how to collect and present the information needed to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
During his talk, Ortez reported that exports to the US increased by 16% from January to October 2015. He said exports in general performed well and stressed this as context for the importance of learning the new documentation requirements.
Speakers included Pablo Duran, president of the Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador; and Gregory Howell, the director of USAID-El Salvador.
Learn more: http://www.mag.gob.sv/category/noticias/ (in Spanish)