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Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergei Dankvert Held Talks With Sri Lanka Delegation on Resuming Plant Product Supplies to Russia

The meeting was held on the initiative of the Russian side in Moscow. The Sri Lankan side was represented by an impressive delegation led by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation Mr. Saman Veerasinghe and Director General of the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture Mr. R.R.A. Wijekoon. The Russian side was represented by Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergei Dankvert, Deputy Head of the Service Yulia Shvabauskene. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

During the talks it was noted that more than 10% of the total volume of exports of Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka are delivered to Russia. In this regard, the ban on supplies introduced by the Russian side poses a very serious problem for suppliers.

It was noted that this is the first case of detection of this harmful, quarantinable for the Russian Federation, object in Sri Lankan products. It was noted that Sri Lanka is a country of high risk of spreading khapra beetle. The Lankan side voiced the assumption that the package was infected. For its part, the Sri Lankan side announced its readiness to take all possible measures to prevent such negative cases in the future.

Julia Shvabauskienė explained that the khapra beetle was included in the list of quarantine objects due to its immediate danger to agriculture, and therefore products with the presence of khapra beetle are banned from importation into Russia. It was also noted that earlier the Rosselkhoznadzor had already detected cases of the presence of khapra beetles in plant products from Sri Lanka, but the insects were not viable, and therefore did not pose a threat and the products were allowed for import.

The Lankan side informed about the decontamination of containers. The country began to conduct inspection in the territory of Sri Lanka for the presence of this organism. It is planned to accredit all plants, packaging stations and storage facilities for tea intended for export to Russia.

In the course of the dialogue, the parties agreed that all containers sent to Russia would be disinfected, and all tea lots would undergo laboratory monitoring for the absence of quarantine objects for the Russian Federation.

Sergei Dankvert noted the significant role of the Russian Association of Tea and Coffee Producers "Roschaicoffee" in settling the situation with the tea supply from Sri Lanka to Russia. The Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor also noted the need to strengthen cooperation between the two services.

It was also agreed that the delegation of Sri Lanka would also visit the largest Russian Plant Quarantine Institute, subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor, where it will get acquainted with the laboratory practice of detection of quarantine objects in plant products in Russia and will have an opportunity to talk with the researchers of the institute.

As a result of the negotiations, a decision has been taken under the guarantees of the quarantine service of Sri Lanka to lift temporary restrictions on the supply of all plant products from Sri Lanka since December 30, 2017. Meanwhile the Rosselkhoznadzor will carry out intensive laboratory monitoring of all incoming consignments of plant products from Sri Lanka.

 

Dec 25, 2017

Categorys: Phytosanitary , Events , Administration , Import. Export. Transit