Sergey Dankvert, the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, held talks with Beate Kash, the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany on the margins of the 85th International Trade Exhibition of Food Industry, Horticulture, Agriculture and Forestry, Green Week 2020.
At the beginning of the meeting, Sergey Dankvert highlighted the importance of such talks, which allow to develop common operational mechanisms in the field of veterinary and phytosanitary medicine.
The meeting agenda included the discussion of issues related to seed and planting material export from Germany to Russia.
To avoid pre-shipment control of seed potatoes intended for export to the Russian Federation, the German side expressed its readiness to provide information on the places and areas of its production, in accordance with the provisions of the relevant international standards for phytosanitary measures.
Taking into account the fact that Russian business is interested in supplying Russian potatoes to the German market, the Rosselkhoznadzor suggested that the German party should consider the possibility of equivalent approach in terms of mutual supplies of this product.
To formalize the supply of seed material from Germany to Russia, the sides agreed to continue cooperation in authorization of seed potato producing sites in Germany, as well as scientific cooperation in the field of plant quarantine.
Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the German Federal Republic invited the representatives of the All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center, subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor to visit the German Institute for Plant Protection in the spring of 2020.
Also during the talks, the parties discussed in detail the possibility of transit movement of cattle through the territory of the Russian Federation with stops at special resting and feeding points.
Taking into account the differences in the legislation of Germany, the European Union and the Russian Federation regarding the absence of mandatory requirements for such resting and feeding points, the parties agreed to seek for harmonization and unification of such requirements. First, the German party will send detailed explanations on this issue and the above mentioned requirements to the Rosselkhoznadzor for the comparative analysis. After analyzing the information received, the parties will discuss further joint actions to resolve the issue of smooth transit of animals through the territory of Russia.