The Conference Pear is the best-selling Belgian pear. 90% of the Conference Pears grown here are exported. VLAM says that nowhere else are the growing conditions for the pears better than here in Belgium.
Up until 2014, the Russian market was by far the biggest export market for Belgian fruit. This all changed when the Russian government imposed a trade embargo against EU produce, including fruit as a reaction to EU sanctions against Russia that were impose when the country annexed Crimea. The embargo hit Belgian fruit-growers hard. With its population of some 130 million, Mexico could be a potentially interesting market for our fruit farmers. However, up until the Mexican government had not given authorisation for the import of Conference Pears.
The Federal Food Safety Agency and its Mexican counterpart Senasica are now close to an agreement on the authorisation of the export of Conference Pears to Mexico. This means that in all probability the pears will be able to be exported to the country from the next harvest.