A Mexican agricultural promotion group believes a new agreement with the country’s food safety authority will translate into increased exports to Europe and the United Kingdom in the coming year.

Mexico Calidad Suprema officials issued two statements recently about an agreement they signed with SENASICA to promote the implementation of a contamination risk reduction system for fruits and vegetables.

The industry organization said greater compliance with the risk reduction system will enable more growers to achieve good agricultural practice standards certification under MexicoGAP and GlobalGAP.

The organization and the Mexican government are helping growers with educational programs, technical assistance and the monitoring of contaminants. Grower groups for pineapples, papayas, mangoes and avocados are currently involved, according to the Mexico Calidad Suprema news release.

For 2013, about 72,760 producers representing 56% of Mexico’s total certifiable area are expected to benefit, according to the release.

Members of Mexico Calidad Suprema met with Mexico’s agricultural minister Enrique Martínez, according to the release, and the minister stressed that the government’s priority is to improve all aspects of the sector, with special attention planned for small and medium-sized growers.

In the release, Mexico Calidad Suprema officials said the certification push has already seen results in international markets. So far, 45 certified products are being exported, including avocados, mangoes, papaya, table grapes, bananas, berries, broccoli and tomatoes.