A meeting between Assistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Artem Daushev and State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia Bogdan Igic took place on April 12 in Moscow. The negotiations were attended by officers of the Service and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation from the Russian side, representatives of the National Plant Protection Organization, as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Russia from the Serbian side.
During the talks, the parties discussed a number of topical issues of bilateral cooperation in the field of agricultural product supplies. It was noted that the complicated global epidemiological situation did not affect the results of trade turnover between the two countries.
According to the State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia, Bogdan Igic, in 2020 the country imported 1,200 tons of chicken meat from Russia. This year, this figure should increase to 1,500 tons. In addition, Serbia is interested in increasing the exports of Russian dairy products.
Assistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Artem Daushev, in turn, noted that a constructive dialogue has been established between the countries, which contributes to the solution of emerging issues in mutual trade. "Despite the pandemic, we see a positive trend in the volume of agricultural products supplied both from Serbia to Russia and from the Russian Federation to Serbia in 2020. At the same time, in monetary terms, the volume of export from Serbia was 4 times higher. And we need to work in this regard" said Artem Daushev.
In addition, during the meeting, the Serbian colleagues answered questions about the measures taken to meet the EAEU phytosanitary requirements for export of plant products to the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. The Serbian authority conducted an investigation into the reasons of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) detection in the shipments of Serbian pears and apples, imported to Russia. It was noted that the shipment got infested when the it was opened by the Serbian Customs Service. Currently, the Department for Plant Health and Plant Quarantine under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Resources of the Republic is consulting with the state customs authority to determine the mechanism of the phytosanitary control procedure, which would allow the specialists of the competent authority to be present during opening of containers.
The Service noted that they are ready to carefully study the results of the investigation, and pointed out the shortcomings of the national phytosanitary control system in Serbia. The Rosselkhoznadzor also proposed to conduct video inspections of establishments exporting stone fruits, infested with American brown rot of stone fruits (Monilinia fructicola (Winter) Honey).
Taking into account the level of trade and the volume of exported goods of plant origin, the parties once again agreed on the need for close work on the integration of information systems of both countries. Deliveries of fruit and vegetable products to Russia, accompanied by electronic certificates, will ensure full traceability of imported products. The Serbian colleagues asked to postpone the start of testing until April 2022 due to technical work on the national information system.
At the end of the meeting, the parties noted the fruitfulness of the negotiations and expressed confidence in the effectiveness of the dialogue to resolve issues that hinder effective trade between the countries.