The Rosselkhoznadzor held a videoconference with Deputy Director General for Plant Quarantine of the General Directorate of Food and Control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey Yunus Bayram on July 13.
During the meeting the parties continued discussion of the issues that had been communicated at the videoconference, earlier on July 6.
The Rosselkhoznadzor informed that it had reviewed the information sent by the Turkish party on the measures taken in connection with the detection of tomato brown rugose fruit virus, spotted wilt virus and pepino mosaic virus in Turkish regulated products supplied from the regions of Antalya and Izmir last year. The service requested updated information on the methods used for testing fruit and vegetables in Turkey to detect these pests, and also notified that this year they continue to detect these viruses in consignments coming from different Turkish regions. The Turkish colleagues were informed about all the cases.
It was also said that cases of importation of Turkish vegetables and fruits infected with other quarantine pests, in particular, the brown marmorated stink bug and the South American tomato moth into the territory of the Russian Federation have become more frequent. In this regard the Rosselkhoznadzor asked to strengthen control over regulated goods shipped to Russia.
During the negotiations the topic of conducting video inspections of Turkish planting material production sites intended for supplies to Russia was also touched upon. It was mentioned that an inspection has been agreed upon with one of the nurseries. The service is expecting a schedule with possible dates for organizing video inspections of other plant production sites.
The Russian party also reported that Federal Law No. 522-FZ "On Amendments to Federal Law No. 109-FZ of July 19, 1997 "On Safe Handling of Pesticides and Agrochemicals" entered into force on June 29, 2021 in Russia. According to it, the Rosselkhoznadzor received the right to exercise state control in the field of safe handling of pesticides and agrochemicals. The law provides for the control of pesticides and agrochemicals imported into the territory of Russia at the state border inspection posts. In addition, the Rosselkhoznadzor is now authorized to check compliance with the requirements for the use of pesticides and agrochemicals in the plant product production sites intended for import into the Russian Federation from the territories of states that are not members of the Eurasian Economic Union, within the framework of inspections. The Rosselkhoznadzor proposed to agree on how such inspections will be carried out. The parties agreed to further discuss this issue and scheduled regular negotiations for the beginning of August.