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Turkey: Delegation from Rosselkhoznadzor holds talks on citrus shipments to Russia

From December 3 to 21, a legation of Rosselkhoznadzor specialists will visit Turkey. Meetings are held with representatives of the Food and Control Directorate of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey with participation of the Director General. At the meetings, issues of ensuring the phytosanitary safety of regulated products supplied by the Republic of Turkey to the Russian Federation were discussed. Special attention in the negotiations was given to issues related to the supply of citrus crops.

The Turkish side characterized the actual situation as less than favorable, explaining that in 2018 the weather conditions were particularly favorable for the development of the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata, and control measures taken by the farmers turned out to be ineffective.

The Russian side drew the attention of the Turkish side that exporters specializing in the supply of citrus fruits to Russia, despite the outbreak of this pest, bought citrus fruits from farmers who did not intend to supply their products to Russia and did not implement measures which ensured compliance with the phytosanitary requirements of the Russian Federation and the Eurasian Economic Union. This fact is also recognized by the Turkish side.

In its turn the Turkish side noted that the measures taken by Russia are not restrictive for Turkish products and are aimed at ensuring the phytosanitary security of the territory of the Russian Federation and the EAEU as a whole. The share of Turkish products not admitted for import into Russia is not more than 1.5% of the total volume of deliveries. The leaders of the National Plant Quarantine and Plant Protection Organization of Turkey thanked the Russian specialists for understanding the current situation and willingness to assist in analyzing the causes and developing measures to solve this problem. reports how during the talks the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor, together with the Turkish side, also identified a number of Turkish regions, the products of which pose an increased phytosanitary risk, and also met with the leaders of the regional branches of the Turkish Plant Quarantine Service, as well as visited the packaging stations of two citrus exporters.

"During the monitoring on 13 December, at the Narka packaging station in the Adana region, a consignment of 22 tons of Satsuma mandarins of the variety Satsuma was not allowed to be shipped to Russia due to the detection of a quarantine object for the Eurasian Economic Union member countries - the Mediterranean fruit fly". 

In addition, the service inspectorate did not allow two batches of infected Washington Nave oranges in a volume of 48 tons at the Dash packaging station. The harvest of gardens where infected oranges were grown will not be allowed to be supplied to Russia. Earlier, it was reported that Rosselkhoznadzor experts rejected 226 tons of Turkish citrus fruits.

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