Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food Meets with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
9/18/2021

Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food Luis Planas met today with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack to discuss issues of bilateral interest in the area of agri-food.

 

During the meeting, which took place in the context of the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in Florence, both the Minister and the Secretary agreed on the importance of strengthening cooperation in the area of scientific research and technology innovation in order to advance towards a great level of sustainability in agri-food systems, in terms of security, nutrition, and competition.

 

In this regard, Minister Planas and Secretary Vilsack highlighted the need to defend, before different international forums, a transition towards sustainable and healthy food systems that allow for the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals and guarantee the productive capacity of farmers and ranchers.

 

The United States is Spain’s most important trade partner outside of the European Union. Sales of agri-food products to the United States represent 18% of Spain’s total exports in this market. Spain has a positive trade balance in agri-food of nearly 514 million euros (approximately 600 million USD), according to the data from 2020, as well as a total export value of nearly 2 billion euros (approximately 2.3 billion USD) (0.3% year-on-year growth) and approximately 1.4 billion euros in imports (1.6 billion USD) (11% year-on-year decrease).

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