Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Yulia Shvabauskene held a video conference with Director of the Main State Inspection for Seed Production, Quarantine and Plant Protection of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Piskun on November, 18. The representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor-subordinate FGBI “All-Russia Plant Quarantine Center” (FGBI “VNIIKR”) also took part in the meeting.
The negotiations were devoted to laboratory tests for Pepino mosaic virus of the Solanaceae vegetables shipped from Belarus to Russia and entering the territory of the Russian Federation. The Rosselkhoznadzor had previously been compelled to impose ban on tomato and pepper supplies from the Grodno, Gomel, Minsk and Brest Oblasts of Belarus. This measure was taken due to numerous cases of the virus detection in tomatoes of Belarusian origin arriving in Russia.
During the meeting the Russian party noted that in the course of the large-scale monitoring testing in the Russian Federation no cases of this disease were found in greenhouse or open-field facilities. If introduced into Russia, the disease will pose a serious threat.
It was announced that the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method is currently used in Russia for laboratory testing of plant products for the presence of Pepino mosaic virus. According to Russian experts, this method gives the most accurate test results. The Belarusian party announced its readiness to use the PCR method, while noted that they will continue using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method.
In addition, Alexander Piskun asked to send the methodical guidelines for detecting the Pepino mosaic virus developed by the FGBI “VNIIKR” to the Belarusian Authority. The negotiators agreed to exchange technical information.
Yulia Shvabauskene raised the issue of information system integration in the field of phytosanitary control between Russia and Belarus. It was communicated that the Rosselkhoznadzor had received a roadmap from the Belarusian party within this activity and sent its comments.
The Belarusian authority also sent the information on the Belarusian farm KFKh “Gribnaya strana” previously requested by the Rosselkhoznadzor. Earlier, the Service had imposed ban on import of mushrooms from this establishment due to detection of brown marble bug (Halyomorpha Halys Stal) which is a quarantine pest for EAEU. Yulia Shvabauskene informed that the received materials will be studied by the Russian party.