How to comply with EU and African quality standards
The new EU Plant Health Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/2031), introduced in December 2016, becomes fully applicable on 13 December 2019. Considering this, this session examined the challenges that the agricultural sector and the relevant authorities will have to overcome to comply with the Regulation while avoiding jeopardising existing value chains. The mango industry was used as an illustrative case study. Participants also examined what has been done in the past to meet the requirements of the export market and attempt to anticipate new demands from local and international end customers.
Key questions for discussion included how quality standards are evolving and the main trends on the EU and African markets; what does the evolution of the EU phytosanitary regulation mean for small and medium horticultural businesses in Africa; and how has agribusiness met EU and African market requirements in the past and how it can be better prepared for the future.