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Rosselkhoznadzor discussed imports of planting and seed materials from Austria to Russia with Austrian counterparts

On September 11, on the initiative of the Austrian side the Rosselkhoznadzor held a meeting with representatives of the Federal Administration for Viticulture of the Republic of Austria with the participation of the Austrian Embassy in Russia. The talks focused on the ban introduced by the Rosselkhoznadzor in December 2018 on imports of Chardonnay grape seedlings from an Austrian nursery garden named Rebschule Tschida GmbH. The ban was imposed due to the detection of the agent of bacterial blight of grapevine (Xylophilus ampelinus (Panagopoulos) Willems et.al) in the above-mentioned variety, the agent being listed as a quarantine object for the EAEU countries. 

Imported infected products were accompanied with a plant health certificate issued by the Austrian National organization for Plant Quarantine and Health.

In the course of the talks the Austrian side presented its system for phytosanitary control of grapevine seedlings. The Austrian counterparts confirmed that primary planting materials for Rebschule Tschida GmbH nursery garden were supplied from all over the world, including such countries as France and Italy (the countries where the disease is endemic). Until now the disease has not been reported in the nursery garden in question. The parties also reviewed methods used for laboratory testing of grapevine seedlings for the given disease and came to a conclusion that there was a need of a closer cooperation in terms of laboratory testing for bacterial blight of grapevine.

The Rosselkhoznadzor reminded its colleagues of an official letter which should be sent by the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism providing information on the results of the official investigation and on measures that were taken in connection with the detection of  bacterial blight of grapevine in planting materials from Austria.

The Rosselkhoznadzor also noted that it had sent the information on unauthorized imports of 2,400 tons of seed materials from Austria to Russia and demanded to enquire into the situation.

The participants thanked each other for the organization of the meeting and expressed their hope for a continued fruitful dialogue. 

Sep 11, 2019

Categorys: Phytosanitary , Import. Export. Transit