A mission of Chinese technicians will visit Mexico to certify the cultivation, packing and food-safety characteristics of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries with a view to importing those fruit from the Latin American country, Mexican authorities said.

The Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Secretariat confirmed that the inspection would take place but did not provide a precise date.

It added that during a meeting between Mexican Agriculture Secretary Enrique Martinez y Martinez and China's ambassador to Mexico, Qiu Xiaoqi, the two men expressed their countries' mutual interest in strengthening trade ties and cooperating on research and technology transfers in the food and agriculture sector.

Moves toward closer trade relations in that area are linked to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's trip in April to China and a reciprocal visit by Chinese head of state Xi Jinping to the Latin American country two months later.

During their high level meeting, Martinez and Qiu discussed "the consolidation of access to China's pork market and food-safety issues regarding fruit and vegetable products such as berries, avocado, mango, lemons and pumpkins."

Mexico is counting on forging closer ties with China as a means of substantially boosting exports to the Asian giant. EFE