Idaho Potato Market To Mexico Still Restricted
IDAHO, Idaho senators Mike Crapo and Jim RIsch have joined a number of their colleagues in an effort to increase sales of U.S. potatoes to Mexico.
The mexican market for potatoes from Idaho and other U.S. states is estimated to be worth about $30 million.
Mexico signed an accord in 2003, agreeing to lower import restrictions on potatoes from Idaho and other U.S. states.
Since the agreement was signed, however, the mexican government has not fulfilled its commitment, citing concerns with pest control and sanitary issues. In the letter, crapo, Risch and seven others say those concerns are vastly overstated.
The senators are calling on U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and secretary of agriculture Tom Vilsack to intervene with the mexican government to end the nine–year stalemate over U.S. exports to Mexico.