By Dialogo July 07, 2010 During a meeting in Brasilia Monday, Argentine agriculture minister Julián Domínguez and his Brazilian colleague Wagner Rossi discussed the possibility of a common policy in the international market for agricultural and livestock products. “If we stand together on one policy on soy exports, we will be the world’s largest producers, surpassing the United States,” declared Rossi, who hosted Domínguez in the Brazilian capital, official news agency Agencia Brasil reported. The cabinet secretaries were participating in the first quarterly meeting of the two ministries’ staffs, following the agreement reached by the two governments in Buenos Aires in June. Brazil and Argentina are the principal agricultural exporters in South America. “We want to institutionalize the pedagogy of cooperation (in the agricultural and livestock sector). There are obstacles, but we are trying to consolidate a space of cooperation in which issues can be pinned down in a simple way,” Domínguez said. The Argentine minister said that it is important for the entire Mercosur to benefit from the investments Brazil has made in new markets. “It’s a historic opportunity to act on the world food scene and to participate in the search for new markets,” Domínguez said. “We want to go together to Africa, to Russia, and certainly the other Mercosur countries are going to accompany us,” he added. The five principal areas in which cooperation agreements will be explored are biotechnology, household agriculture, bioenergy, trade relations with third countries, and strategy for addressing developments in genetics.
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