Russia may restrict import of Indian potatoes

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) may impose temporary restrictions on the import of potatoes from India.

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) may impose temporary restrictions on the import of potatoes from India.

According to an official press release of the agency, in two batches they found an item that is subject to quarantine in Russia – the causative agent of bacterial brown rot on potatoes (Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchi et al.).

“The received products were accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Organization for Plant Protection in India, ensuring that they met Russian phytosanitary requirements, including the absence of potato brown rot,” said the agency.

Rosselhoznadzor prepared an appeal to the Ministry of Agriculture of India, demanding an immediate implementation of measures to ensure detection of items subject to quarantine in Russia.

India is increasing its food shipments to Russia. Four Indian companies have received permission to supply buffalo meat into the country. In addition, negotiations are under way on possible deliveries of dairy products to Russia.

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