Rosselkhoznadzor - News Rosselkhoznadzor - News en Rosselkhoznadzor 2007 - 2009 (Web Admin) (Web Admin) Rosselkhoznadzor Experts to Visit Republic of Poland

From March 19 to 22, 2018 at the invitation of the National Quarantine and Plant Protection Organization of the Republic of Poland the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists are on a visit to the Republic of Poland with a view to conducting joint pre-shipment monitoring of planting material produced in Polish nurseries to be delivered to the Russian Federation.

Based on the results of pre-shipment monitoring and laboratory analysis of collected samples, the Rosselkhoznadzor will decide on the possibility of importing planting material from the Republic of Poland into the territory of the Russian Federation.

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Rosselkhoznadzor Discussed Issues of Mutual Trade with Representatives of National Service for Safety and Quality of Agricultural Products of Bolivia

The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance conducted negotiations with representatives of the National Service for Safety and Quality of Agricultural Products of Bolivia on the issues of mutual trade in agricultural and livestock products on March 16, 2018. The Russian side was headed by Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Konstantin Savenkov, the Bolivian side was represented by Executive Director General of the National Service for Security and Quality of Agricultural Products of Bolivia, Javier Suárez Hurtado.

During the talks, the Bolivian side expressed a desire to discuss import of meat products into the territory of the Russian Federation, beef in particular, and demonstrated a presentation on the epidemic situation in the country and the volume of supplies of livestock products. The Rosselkhoznadzor thanked the Bolivian colleagues for detailed and thorough information and said that they would consider the possibility of delivering beef to the Russian Federation after analyzing all the materials and the questionnaire received from the Bolivian side.

Further, it was noted that a permit for the supply of meat products to Russia can be issued only after a thorough audit of the Bolivian state veterinary control system, and also after the Rosselkhoznadzor’s direct inspection of Bolivian establishments supplying products for export.

For his part, Deputy Head of the Service Konstantin Savenkov raised the issue of export supplies of Russian grain and processed products to Bolivia, requesting phytosanitary requirements for this product.

The representatives of the National Service for Safety and Quality of Agricultural Products of Bolivia reported that they would consider this issue and send the information to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

The Bolivian colleagues also raised the issue of supplies of plant products to Russia — cocoa beans, coffee and chestnuts. The specialists of the Service noted that it would be expedient to discuss this issue after sending an official request from the Bolivian side to the Rosselkhoznadzor and having a phytosanitary certificate guaranteeing that this product is free from quarantine objects in the Russian Federation. At the end of the meeting, the parties expressed hope for fruitful cooperation between the two countries and agreed to continue discussing the issues of interest involving specialists in due course.

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Auditors from Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) of European Commission Launch Work in Russia On March 12, 2018 the first meeting between the representatives of DG SANTE and the Rosselkhoznadzor officials will take place. Within the framework of the meeting issues of ensuring safety in dairy product and raw casing production for the European market will be discussed.

In the course of the forthcoming audit the delegation will visit the establishments authorized to export their products to the EU market which are located in Tomsk, Moscow and Lipetsk Oblasts, Krasnodar Krai and Saint-Petersburg.  

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Director of FGBI “VGNKI” Vyacheslav Nikulin met French Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer and President of French Federation of Butchers, Caterers and Meat Processors (FICT) On February 27, 2018 as continuation of the working program of the FGBI “VGNKI” delegation at the International Agricultural Show SIA-2018 in Paris (France) Director of the All-Russian State Centre for Quality and Standardization of Veterinary Drugs and Feeds (FGBI “VGNKI”) Vyacheslav Nikulin held a meeting with French Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer Stefanie Flateau on interaction in veterinary sphere.

One of the topics discussed was the update of the list of authorized establishments producing animal products destined for export to Russia as soon as the political situation changes. The Russian party noted that due to the fact that European establishments have not been exporting their products to Russia for almost 4 years, they will have to reconfirm their compliance with the RF and EAEU requirements. 

Within the meeting the parties discussed several other issues related to bilateral cooperation which will be sent as a proposal to the Rosselkhoznadzor by the French party.  Stefanie Flateau thanked the Russian side for the constructive approach to the settlement of arising issues within the Rosselkhoznadzor competence, and noted the regular work done by the French Veterinary Service to keep up with the Rosselkhoznadzor amended requirements for exported animal products. 

Besides Vyacheslav Nikulin held a working meeting with President of the French Federation of Butchers, Caterers and Meat Processors (FICT) Bernard Vallat. Bernard Vallat informed the Russian colleagues that FICT members are ready to supply those heat treated meat products which will not compete with the Russian products, and confirmed that it was possible to open food establishments in the Russian territory using Russian raw materials and employing Russian citizens. Vyacheslav Nikulin thanked the French party for its readiness for fruitful cooperation and understanding of the necessity to timely inform the parties on measures taken within the light of changing epidemic conditions.

For reference: Currently FICT is the association of 309 French producers of more than 450 different products with annual trade turnover of 6.6 billion euros. Besides FICT covers more than two thirds of French pork production and employs more than 135 thousand people.  

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Rosselkhoznadzor Held Meeting with Representatives of Embassy of Switzerland to Discuss Issues of Mutual Supplies of Animal Products

The meeting of the Rosselkhoznadzor and representatives of the Embassy of Switzerland was held on February 22, 2018. In the context of the working meeting, issues of mutual supplies of animal products were discussed. The representatives of the Swiss Embassy were specifically interested in further steps that should be taken for the extension of milk and meat product supplies from Switzerland to Russia as well as in the next inspection of the Swiss establishments by the Rosselkhoznadzor experts.

The Russian party informed that the inspection could be discussed as soon as the questionaries requested by the Rosselkhoznadzor will be examined. Such questionaries were forwarded by the Swiss party in December 2017 for the inspection preparation and revision of the List of the third countries. In case the Rosselkhoznadzor has any questions following the analysis, clarifying information will be requested.

The Rosselkhoznadzor officials further requested information on the procedure of approval of the Russian animal product manufacturing plants (beef, poultry meat, pork and ready-to-eat meat products) for their access to the Swiss market. Representatives of the Swiss party notified that they will examine the issue in detail and will submit all necessary information to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

Issue of comparative analysis of the Russian and Swiss animal health requirements was also discussed during the meeting. Currently the Russian party expects results of the analysis performed by the Swiss party and it is ready to discuss the above-mentioned issue during the working group meeting as it was previously proposed by the Swiss party.

The Swiss party proposed to hold the additional talks during the meeting of the ad hoc group of the OIE Regional Commission and to discuss the topical issues on the level of the Deputy Heads of the Competent Authorities of the both countries.

In order to avoid possible supplies of counterfeit products as well as to exclude any possibility of poor quality product importation into the Russian territory the Rosselkhoznadzor officials proposed their Swiss colleagues to move to the electronic certification, for instance, by integrating E-certification systems of the Russian Federation and Switzerland or by granting access to the Rosselkhoznadzor database (FGIS Mercury). The database facilitates transparency and safety of the imported products, and it proved to be efficient and convenient platform for international cooperation.

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Results of 18th Session of Russian-Armenian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation In the period from February 19 to February 20, 2018 the 18th session of the Russian-Armenian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation was held in Erevan, the Republic of Armenia. This event was preceded by the 1st session of the Russian-Armenian Working Group on Cooperation in Agriculture with the participation of the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia. Assistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Vasily Lavrovsky and Chief Specialist Expert of the Directorate for Phytosanitary Surveillance and Seed Control Ekaterina Nikiforova also took part in expert consultations and in the work of the Intergovernmental Commission.

In the course of the talks the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the State Service for Food Safety of the Ministry of Agriculture of Armenia reiterated the need to strengthen the cooperation between the surveillance services in order to provide favourable conditions for the development of mutual trade, to ease administrative pressure on bona fide participants of foreign economic activity while improving the traceability of trade flows, to increase safety and quality of food commodities subject to surveillance. The parties confirmed their mutual satisfaction with their joint work and agreed to further cooperate in the field of veterinary and phytosanitary control (surveillance), including the prompt exchange of technical information on products subject to surveillance.

The parties recognized the pressing need for the development of information systems in order to ensure safety and quality of agricultural products during mutual deliveries and in this context approved of the decision adopted by the Armenian surveillance service to implement FGIS “Mercury. Notification”.

The parties will continue consultations on a draft Decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission on amendments to the common procedure of veterinary control (surveillance) on the customs border of the Eurasian Economic Union and the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union, approved by Decision of the Customs Union Commission No. 317 of June 18, 2010 on Application of veterinary and sanitary measures in the Customs Union as regards supplementing information necessary for the implementation of electronic veterinary certification in the member-countries. The Armenian party will make its attitude clear to the Rosselkhoznadzor in the nearest time.

The decisions adopted by the Intergovernmental Commission were formalized through relevant Protocols. 

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Opening of the Kuwait market for the Russian livestock products

On February 20, 2018, the Rosselkhoznadzor held negotiations with the heads of the Food Agency of the State of Kuwait on the admission of Russian products to the Kuwait market. During the negotiations principal agreements were reached on the beginning of export of livestock products from Russia to the State of Kuwait.

Within the framework of these negotiations, the forms of veterinary certificates for the supply of meat products (beef, lamb, goat meat, poultry meat and products thereof), as well as eggs and egg products from Russia to Kuwait were agreed upon. In addition, the form of a veterinary certificate for honey and bee products was discussed. In the near future, the Rosselkhoznadzor through official channels will send the initialed veterinary certificates to the Kuwaiti side and place them on its official website.

Export of these products at the first stage will be possible from enterprises authorized for export both to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In the near future, the Kuwaiti side will form its own list of certified enterprises, the inclusion into which will be discussed separately between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Food Agency of the State of Kuwait.

Simultaneously, the Kuwaiti side reported that the supply of animal products from Russia to Kuwait is possible if they are accompanied by a "halal" certificate issued by the relevant organizations accredited for the preparation of such certificates for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The parties agreed that a system of preliminary notifications will be used for each consignment of Russian livestock products exported from Russia to Kuwait. Later, this system will be replaced by electronic veterinary certification.

In addition, the Rosselkhoznadzor invited Kuwaiti colleagues to the Russian Federation to visit the FGBI "ARRIAH" to establish and develop scientific cooperation in the field of animal disease control, as well as to approve the Russian surveillance system in order to obtain in the future the right to independently approve Russian enterprises for export to the State of Kuwait .


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Forthcoming Negotiations Between Rosselkhoznadzor and Food Agency of Kuwait on Access of Russian Products to Kuwaiti Market

The negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the authorities of the Food Agency Kuwait will be held on February 20, 2018 in El Kuwait where issues of animal product supplies from Russia to Kuwait will be discussed. One of the key issues will be the discussion of measures taken by the Rosselkhoznadzor to ensure animal health safety in Russia during supply of controlled products intended for export, in particular with regard to avian influenza and other diseases. It is also planned to discuss the models of veterinary certificates that will accompany Russian product deliveries to the Kuwait market.

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The Rosselkhoznadzor Experts’ Visit to Japan

The Rosselkhoznadzor informs that the Rosselkhoznadzor’s delegation is visiting Japan from February 5 to 7, 2018 upon the invitation of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for joint inspection of tree peony consignments prepared for export to the Russian Federation upon the applications submitted by Russian importers.

The Rosselkhoznadzor will make a decision on possible export of the planting material from Japan to the Russian Federation based on the inspection and laboratory test results.

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Working Meeting between Sergey Dankvert and Ivan Smilgin, Director of the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Republic of Belarus

A working meeting between Sergey Dankvert, Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, and Ivan Smilgin, Director of the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic Belarus with participation of the Belarus Embassy representatives was held on February 5, 2018.

The parties discussed prospects of business partnership development including relations indicated in the Action plan (Roadmap) on bilateral cooperation between Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus in lifting mutual restrictions on animal product supplies for 2018.

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Rosselkhoznadzor Held Meeting with Embassy of Republic of Korea to Discuss Export of Russian products

The working meeting of the Rosselkhoznadzor with the representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Russian Federation was held on February 1, 2018. The Korean side noted the importance of cooperation between the two countries regarding issues of disease freedom and food safety and handed over to experts of the Rosselkhoznadzor materials prepared by experts of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Relations of the Republic of Korea, including the conclusion regarding the regionalization of the Russian Federation in respect of supplies of Russian products to Korea: in particular poultry and pork.

The Rosselkhoznadzor specialists thanked their colleagues for the promptly provided materials and expressed hope for fruitful cooperation in the future. After reviewing and analyzing the information received, the Rosselkhoznadzor will forward to the Korean colleagues specific proposals on the regionalization of the Russian territory with regard to avian influenza and ASF as part of the procedure for access of Russian livestock products to the Korean market.

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Forthcoming Negotiations on Export Issues Between Rosselkhoznadzor and Embassy of Republic of Korea On February 1, 2018 the Rosselkhoznadzor will hold talks with the representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Moscow. Within the framework of the meeting, the Korean side plans to forward the response of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of the Republic of Korea to the Rosselkhoznadzor requests concerning conducting the regionalization with regard to African swine fever and avian influenza in the Russian Federation in order to gain access of pig and poultry products to the Korean market.

At the same time, the representatives of the Embassy will give necessary explanations on the regionalization procedure in the Russian Federation and the procedure for obtaining the permit for access of Russian products to Korea. 

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Rosselkhoznadzor Participated in Meetings between the RF Ministry of Agriculture and Foreign Colleagues in the Framework of International Green Week 2018 In the framework of the programme of the International Green Week 2018 and formal opening of the Russian stand the Rosselkhoznadzor took part in several meetings of the Deputy Head of the Russian Minister of Agriculture Yevgeny Gromyko with the foreign colleagues.

Thus, there were held meetings with the Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä, Austrian Minister for Sustainability, Agriculture and Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger, with the State Secretary for state policy in the field of agriculture and environment of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Marjolijn Sonnema and the Czech Minister of Agriculture, Jiří Milek. The parties discussed topical issues in the field of agriculture and mutual trade.

The meeting between Yevgeny Gromyko and 

Hiromichi Matsushima was devoted to the activities of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance. In particular, the parties discussed joint activities on access of beef and poultry meat as well as other animal products to the markets of both countries. The parties agreed to speed up the decision making process on these issues and hold video conference with participation of the veterinary specialists of these countries. This issue will be included in the agenda of the negotiations between the Deputy Ministers which will be held in February this year during the visit of the Japanese colleague to the Russian Federation.

Besides, in order to discuss issues of tree peony root export to the Russian Federation the parties agreed upon the visit of the Rosselkhoznadzor’s delegation to Japan in February 2018 to perform pre-shipment control and to examine the phytosanitary status of the plants. 

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Meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the German Association of Seed Potato Breeders and Producers The meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor and German Association of Seed Potato Breeders and Producers was held on the sidelines of the International Green Week Berlin 2018. The key topic of the dialogue was the results of the pre-shipment control of seed potato consignments intended for export from Germany to Russia.

In this context the Russian Party drew attention of the German colleagues to the necessity of meeting phytosanitary requirements and increasing quality of seed potatoes exported to Russia. The reason for that are numerous detections of quarantine organisms in the imported seed potatoes as well as restrictions related to seed material export from Germany to Russia.

To ensure traceability of seed potatoes exported to Russia the Russian party voiced that the German party should specify the amount of products intended for export to Russia and consignees of the seed material. 

The German colleagues suggested the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists to consider the issue of visiting Germany in order to familiarize themselves with the current system of production and phytosanitary control. 

The parties were satisfied with the negotiations and agreed to continue discussing all issues of interest at the specialist level.  

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The Rosselkhoznadzor Held Talks on Mutual Trade Establishment with Embassy of Republic of Philippines in Moscow

On 19 January the meeting between Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Konstantin Savenkov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Philippines in the Russian Federation Carlos Sorreta was held in Moscow. The parties discussed the forthcoming mutual inspections of livestock producers taking place on January 20 - 27 and the work on assessing the export control activities of veterinary services. In particular, during this period the Rosselkhoznadzor experts will visit two fish processing establishments interested in product supplies to Russia. The Philippine experts, in turn, will get an insight into the activities of poultry and pig production establishments, livestock farms in the Moscow and Bryansk regions, and also make a working visit to the well-known in Russia and abroad Research Institute FGBI “ARRIAH”.

Carlos Sorreta stressed that the Philippines is extremely interested in establishing a balanced bilateral trade with Russia. In particular, the country considers the establishment of poultry and bovine supplies from Russia as a very promising direction, but pork and pork offal, which are in great demand in this country, are of particular interest to the Philippines.

Carlos Sorreta also noted that the Philippines is eagerly awaiting the Russian inspection and stressed that the fish products produced in the country are of high quality and meet all the veterinary and sanitary requirements of the countries to which they are exported, including the European Union and Japan.

Konstantin Savenkov said that in recent years Russia has carried out tremendous work to develop pig production and strengthen the biological protection of pig-breeding establishments. In addition, the country currently produces enough poultry and fish to cover domestic demand and exports to international markets, pays serious attention to supporting producers of high-quality beef, feeds and veterinary drugs, is the world's largest supplier of grain. In all these areas Russia is ready to establish a trade partnership with the Philippines. For this purpose, during the inspection, the Rosselkhoznadzor intends to demonstrate all aspects of state veterinary control, including a well-developed network of laboratories, scientific institutes, a system of regionalization, compartmentalization, and commonly implemented electronic certification. Besides, the agency is ready to provide consulting support to the exchange of students in the field of agricultural sciences, if this proves to be of interest to the Philippines.

The Rosselkhoznadzor also stressed that, for its part, it intends to thoroughly inspect the system of veterinary surveillance of the exported products of the Philippines, including the assessment of state monitoring, laboratory control and other activities of the competent department.

In conclusion, the parties noted that such mutual inspections and active joint work are the basis for expanding trade cooperation between Russia and the Philippines.

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Sergey Dankvert Met Brazilian Colleagues to Discuss Mutual Trade Issues

On January 18 a meeting between Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and Secretary of Agricultural Protection of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil Luis Eduardo Pacifici Rangel was held within the framework of the official visit of the Russian delegation to Berlin aimed at the participation in the business programme of the Green Week — 2018 Exhibition.

First Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Federation Committee for Agrarian and Food Policy Sergey Lisovsky also took part in the event.

The key topic of the dialogue was the discussion of the ban imposed by the Rosselkhoznadzor on beef and pork supplies from Brazil because of the detection of muscle growth hormone, namely ractopamine, in the mentioned products.

Sergey Dankvert reminded the Brazilian colleagues that a similar issue had been raised several years before. At that time the Brazilian colleagues managed to find a way to supply safe meat compliant with the standards of the Eurasian Economic Union legislation to Russia, but some time passed and the Brazilian veterinary service lost control of the situation.

The Brazilian colleagues submitted the official materials on the violations of veterinary and sanitary requirements detected in Brazilian meat supplied to Russia related to the presence of ractopamine. At the same time it was stated that Brazil had completely revised its approach to animal muscle growth stimulants. In particular, it is prohibited to use ractopamine in cattle raising.

In this context it was suggested that the inspection of Brazilian establishments mainly not using ractopamine at animal raising stage by the Russian experts could be arranged. An agreement was reached that the Brazilian party would submit the list of relevant establishments to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

Sergey Dankvert also noted the willingness of Russian suppliers to export fish products to Brazil and emphasized that in that respect the Russian party was expecting reciprocal activities from the Brazilian colleagues. This refers to 10 establishments interested in export and willing to meet the requirements of the Brazilian legislation. The Russian party has been taking efforts to resolve this issue for the past two years. In response, the Brazilian colleagues assured the Rosselkhoznadzor that on their part they would adopt all the possible measures to settle the matter.

In addition, Russian grain product supplies to Brazil were discussed. The Brazilian party reported that the list of Russian companies approved for Russian weedy wheat export including 9 establishments had been formulated. Before the end of the current week the Brazilian party plans to complete the Russian translation of the relevant appeal addressed to the Rosselkhoznadzor and to publish the information enabling the launch of Russian wheat supplies on the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supplies web-site.

The parties also addressed the issue of GM foods. The Rosselkhoznadzor announced its intention to submit an official enquiry to the Ministry concerning the production of two new registered GM lines of soybeans and soybean oil meal.

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Rosselkhoznadzor to Participate in Meeting of Co-chairmen of Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation

On December 23, 2017, in New Delhi (India) the members of the official Russian delegation Assistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Vasily Lavrovsky and Head of the Department for Land Surveillance, Grain Quality and Safety Control, Olga Zakharova, took part in the preparation and holding of the meeting of the co-chairmen of the Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation : Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India Sushma Swaraj.

Along with the discussion of a wide range of issues related to trade, economic and investment cooperation, cooperation between the two countries in the transport sector, energy, industry, and space, much attention was paid to cooperation in the field of agriculture.

The parties noted the priority of increasing contacts in the agrarian sector, a significant increase in trade in agricultural products and food products, and the balance here is in favor of Indian products, both in volume and in assortment.

Despite this, the Indian side insisted on expanding the supply of tropical fruit and vegetable products, buffalo meat, dairy, fish products and processed egg products to the Russian market, linking the potential growth in trade with the strengthening of the interaction of the supervisory services of Russia and India.

For their part, the Russian side noted an increase in the supply of wheat, peas and chickpeas (at the beginning of the second decade of December the deliveries amounted to 379,000 tons, 216,000 tons and 5,500 tons, respectively), as well as vegetable oil to the Indian market.

They also developed the topic of tariff and non-tariff phytosanitary barriers on the way of Russian agricultural products to the Indian market that was raised in the report of Dmitry Rogozin.

They noted serious difficulties that cause increased duties on grain, oilseeds and leguminous crops imported to India, imposed by India under the pretext of protecting farmers' incomes due to a sharp drop in prices in the domestic market, where good crops were harvested.

Once again, they stressed the redundancy of the requirements of the Indian quarantine service to treat all imported grain with methyl bromide only, which were to enter into force on January 1, 2018. The Russian side pointed out that the Indian authorities must take into account the high level of safety and quality of Russian products that were never the objects of complaints made to the Rosselkhoznadzor (unlike, for example, Ukraine, which received 86 notifications from the Indian phytosanitary service at the beginning of November 2017, and nevertheless remains the main grain exporter to India), drew attention to the absence of dangerous for India quarantine pests in Russia and the climatic characteristics of the country that make it difficult to use methyl bromide in the cold season, that is, almost 8 months a year.

With a view to solving this issue, the parties came to the understanding that all foreign exporters will be subject to delay in the implementation of this provision of Indian legislation until July 1, 2018; the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Indian supervisory authorities will speed up the finalization of the Agreement on phytosanitary conditions for grain supply from Russia to India, the quarantine service of India will determine the specific terms for the inspection of the phytosanitary safety system for crop production in Russia, including alternative procedures for grain fumigation, which will take place no later than in March 2018.

The Russian colleagues reminded their counterparts of the interest of Russian business circles in the supply of poultry products, fish, fish products and seafood, honey, non-edible raw materials of animal origin (sheep wool, wet-salted cow hides) to India and asked to speed up the harmonization of import requirements.

In conclusion, the co-chairmen noted the progressive nature of trade and economic relations between the two countries and expressed confidence in reaching a mutual trade turnover between Russia and India up to $ 30 billion by 2025.

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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.


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Aims of the Rosselkhoznadzor Delegation Visit to the Republic of Moldova

The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance informs that the delegation of the Rosselkhoznadzor currently visits the Republic of Moldova for inspection of places of production of quarantinable Moldova products included in the list of establishments approved for export of quarantinable products from the Republic of Moldova to the Russian Federation. The official visit of the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation that currently is in Kishinev is mainly aimed at ensuring of phytosanitary safety of high-phytosanitary risk plant products exported to the Russian Federation and accompanied with the phytosanitary certificates issued by the National Plant  Quarantine and Protection Organization of the Republic of Moldova as well as identification of the said products and prevention of entry of sanctioned plant products under the guise of Moldova products to the Russian Federation.

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Working Meeting Between Islamic Republic of Iran and Representatives of Rosselkhoznadzor Administration for Saratov Oblast on Trade and Economic Cooperation in Russian Grain Export December 15, 2017 a working meeting was held between the delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the specialists of the Saratov Municipal District Administration where issues of strengthening mutual trade and economic cooperation, in particular export of grain products from the Saratov Oblast to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the organization of a joint Russian-Iranian establishment in the Saratov municipal district were discussed.

The meeting chaired by Head of the Department for Economic Development and Agriculture of the Saratov Municipal District Administration Viktor Maraev included: Head of the Food and Processing Industry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Saratov Oblast Dmitry Gulyaev, specialists of the Saratov Municipal Administration, Head of the Saratov Branch of the Agricultural Center Irek Faizov, representatives of leading business companies operating in the field of production, processing, storage and marketing of grain products, as well as media representatives.

The Rosselkhoznadzor Administration for the Saratov Oblast and the subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor FGBI “Saratov IVL” were represented by Deputy Head Dzhambul Ismagulov and Director of the Laboratory Igor Kozlov.

The Iranian delegation, which included representatives of governmental bodies and business establishments in the agrarian and food sectors, was headed by S. Jalali-far, Adviser on the Caspian matters and North-South transport corridor issues.

The Saratov side acquainted the Iranian partners with the production and economic state of the Saratov Municipal District and the Saratov Oblast, the production volumes, export opportunities, transport logistics, including the possibilities of exporting grain products from the Saratov region to the Islamic Republic of Iran using the natural transport artery - the Volga River and the Caspian sea. 

Dzhambul Ismagulov, Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Administration for the Saratov Oblast informed the Iranian delegation about the volumes of grain products shipped to the Islamic Republic of Iran within export supplies, as well as the measures taken to meet the importing country's requirements aimed at quarantine and phytosanitary safety.

In his presentation Director of the FGBI “Saratov IVL” Igor Kozlov spoke about the laboratory facilities for carrying out the necessary testing of grain products during its export.

Summing up the meeting, the participants thanked the Russian side for the talks and expressed confidence that mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation in the grain market will continue between the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

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