Dec. 28, 2018
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
Paraguay has promised to strengthen its process of control and verification of the entry of plant products and agrochemicals in the country. The National Plant and Seed Quality and Sanitation Service (Senave) signed a cooperation agreement with the PPC (Porto Privado Campestre, in acronym in Spanish).
PPC is one of dozens of private dry ports authorized to operate in Paraguay. The port has been investigated and accused of assisting in the entry of pirate, clandestine and illegal products into the neighboring country. The charges have been rejected by PPC owner Ever Borja Rojas. The new agreement appears to strengthen the image of transparency.
Representatives from both institutions indicated that the agreement arises from "the need to rationalize and optimize services provided to rural producers, agribusiness companies and suppliers of agricultural inputs, in general, raising quality standards. Cooperation includes the implementation of a work agenda, as well as the transfer of knowledge, exchange and dissemination of data, information and experiences between the two institutions."
As part of the agreement, Puerto Campestre S.A. intends to provide the Paraguayan Senave, in addition to physical infrastructure, with computer equipment, communication and other assistance for the proper functioning of the service on site.
The document was signed in December by the head of Senave, agronomist Rodrigo Gonzalez Navarro, along with the president of Puerto Campestre S.A., Ever Borja Rojas, at the PPC administrative offices in Ciudad del Este in the province of Alto Parana.