Mexican Agriculture Secretary Francisco Mayorga wrapped up his tour of Asia, which took him to China and Japan, in Tokyo on Thursday.

The trip was "very fruitful," helping "expand the presence of Mexican products in these two markets," Mayorga told Efe.

Discussions were held on "a combination of trade and technical cooperation" matters with Japan, a "country that is a net importer of food," and China, which is becoming increasingly important "as its middle class grows," Mayorga said.

The agriculture secretary spent three days in China, where he signed a technical and scientific cooperation agreement covering fishing and aquaculture.

The last steps were taken to allow Mexico to begin exporting pork to China, with sales expected to start "in a matter of days" after seven years of negotiations, Mayorga said.

Mexico has managed to "significantly increase the flow of trade and technical cooperation agreements" with Japan, which imports about $1 billion worth of goods from the Latin American country annually, a figure that has increased "year after year," the agriculture secretary said. EFE