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The Rosselkhoznadzor Discussed the Supply of Plant Seeds to Russia with the State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania

On August 26, the Rosselkhoznadzor held videoconference talks with the State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania.

The Russian side expressed concern about the identification of a quarantine pest for the EAEU member states (zebra chip (Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum)) in seeds supplied from Lithuania and originating from other countries. So, the Rosselkhoznadzor previously found this quarantine organism in carrot seeds of Italian origin imported from the Republic of Lithuania. In this regard, in the summer of 2021, the Rosselkhoznadzor asked the Lithuanian colleagues to suspend the issuance of phytosanitary certificates for these products produced in Italy for their subsequent re-export to the Russian Federation.

However, as reported by the Russian agency, in August, the quarantine pest Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum was  detected again in carrot seeds  imported from Lithuania. This time, the products were of German origin. In connection with the detection, to prevent the entry of the quarantine pest to Russia, the Rosselkhoznadzor requested the Lithuanian side to suspend the certification of carrot seeds shipped to the Russian Federation that have German origin pending the results of the investigation and understanding the reasons for the incident. The Russian Agency also advised the Lithuanian colleagues to discuss the issue with the German competent authority.

The Rosselkhoznadzor asked to strengthen control over the supply of seed products to Russia.

Representatives of the State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania reported that they are taking measures to prevent the import of infected consignments into Russia. The Russian side expects to be informed about the relevant activities. 

Aug 26, 2021

Categorys: Phytosanitary , Import. Export. Transit