Mites hit Chile fruit trade to Brazil
Chile has had the doors shut on its exports of several fruits to Brazil following the discovery of Chilean False Red Mites ( Brevipalpus chilensis). The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has temporarily suspended imports of several fruits, such as strawberries, grapes, cherries, nectarines, kiwis and blackberries. Media reports claim that the mite could cause losses of 30% of Brazil’s pome fruit production, if the fruits were infested. Imports are suspended until at least “the next risk analysis is carried out”, the Ministry adds. Chile complains that Brazil is using the discovery of mites as an excuse for raising barriers to trade.