On January 29, a working meeting between Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and Deputy Chairman of the Committee of State Inspection in Agro-Industrial Complex of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Almabek Mars took place in Moscow.
Sergey Dankvert and Almabek Mars discussed in details the issues related to building an effective system for tracing quarantinable consignments moved between Russia and Kazakhstan, as well as to working together on ensuring phytosanitary safety of the territories of both countries.
Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Julia Shvabauskene who was present at the meeting noted that at present there is no system for traceability of product movement between the countries when quarantinable products are supplied from the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Russian Federation. She highlighted the need for intensified efforts on the integration of the information systems Integrated Automated Control System and FGIS Argus-Phyto that will allow such traceability.
Another matter of concern for the Rosselkhoznadzor is the absence of Kazakhstan colleagues’ replies to the multiple requests regarding the entry of the sanction products transiting through the territory of the Russian Federation from the EU countries to the territory of the Kazakhstan.
The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed its concern with the massively increased Kazakhstan plant product supplies to Russia. In particular, in 2018, the amount of Kazakhstan fruit and vegetable products supplied to Russia increased significantly compared with 2017; namely, the amount of apples increased by a factor of 1.6, peaches and black cherries – by a factor of 1.8, apricots – by a factor of 2.6, nectarines – by a factor of 4.1, green cabbage and carrots – by a factor of 2.4, onion – by a factor of 2.8.
In this context, the need for early implementation of the electronic systems into the bilateral work to provide the traceability of product movement between the countries was once again emphasized.
Almabek Mars informed that plant product production in Kazakhstan increased in the previous year as a result of enhanced support rendered by the state to the agricultural sector.
At the same time, Kazakhstan strengthened the measures to prevent the dispatch of the products prohibited in Russia from Kazakhstan. Almabek Mars also agreed on the need of the early integration of the electronic phytosanitary certification systems of both countries.
In addition, the parties discussed the optimization and harmonization of approaches to the control of plant product movement within the Eurasian Economic Community. It was decided to bring the following issues to the Eurasian Economic Commission for discussion: the need for tracing the commodities moved back to the place of origin in case they are transported in breach of the current legislation and the maintenance of plant product supplier registers.
A separate topic of the dialogue was the Kazakhstan party’s proposal to carry out joint phytosanitary surveys of the border area in order to detect harmful quarantinable objects. The parties reached an agreement on detailed discussion of such actions at the level of the scientific circles of both countries with participation of the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate FGBI “All-Russian Plant Quarantine Centre”.
In conclusion, the parties expressed their satisfaction with the talks conducted, highlighted each other’s constructive approach and agreed to promote the organization of working meetings between the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Committee of State Inspection in Agro-Industrial Complex that are in charge of product movement directly at the Russian-Kazakhstan border.