The talks were held on March 14, current year in Moscow at
the initiative of the Sudanese party. The meeting was attended by the
representatives of the Sudanese Embassy in the Russian Federation and RF
Ministry of Agriculture.
The Sudanese party noted its deep interest in improvement of
export/import relations with Russia built on cooperation between the competent
authorities and highlighted the investment attractiveness of Sudan as a country
having potential for agricultural sector development but with a non-appropriate
The representatives of the Sudanese MoA showed a
presentation on the current system of phytosanitary control, structure and
functions of plant quarantine service as well as about plant production and export.
The total amount of plant production in 2016 was 1.288 thousand tons. The major
export share falls on grain and forage crops. Sudan also exports insignificant
amounts of fruits (mango, bananas, water melons, grapefruit, melons, citruses)
to more than 50 countries including the European Union. Sudan is also the
largest sesame producer in the world. Such vegetables as carrots, cucumbers,
tomatoes and eggplants are grown by Sudan only for domestic consumption due to
the lack of export technologies.
The Sudanese party invited the Rosselkhoznadzor to pay an
official visit to Sudan in order to evaluate the possibilities of bilateral
cooperation improvement and get an insight into the system of phytosanitary
quarantine control of plant products destined for export to Russia.
In the course of the talks the representatives of the
Sudanese MoA also describes the system of veterinary control of animal product
manufacturing, movement and export noting that in 2016 Sudan exported 8 million
tons of such products predominantly to the Middle East countries.
The Russian competent authority invited the Sudanese party
to visit the Federal Centre for Animal Health well-known in Russian and abroad
in order to establish scientific and technical cooperation between the
countries and familiarize themselves with the range of biologicals produced by
the Institution to control FMD and other dangerous animal diseases.
The Rosselkhoznadzor also expressed Russia’s interest in
expansion of export potential related to grain crop export to Sudan. In 2016
Sudan imported 860 thousand tons of Russian wheat, but Russia’s export
potential is much higher. The representatives of the Sudanese MoA noted that
they have no complaints against quarantine phytosanitary condition and quality
of Russian wheat.
At the end of the meeting the parties highlighted the
fruitfulness of the dialogue held and exchanged contacts to timely resolve any