It is expected that Russia will lift a yearlong ban on rice imports from Pakistan. The concerns relating to the grain phytosanitary standards have been dispelled. This has opened the prospects of the reopening of a $50 million market, as per a government official.
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A Trade Development Authority of Pakistan official said that the Russian government might lift the ban on the import of grains from Pakistan. The state-owned Department of Plant Protection did implement the compliance program for rice export to the Russian Federation.
The official said, “The implementation of the compliance program will ensure export of pest-free grains to Russia.”
A detailed report was sent by the Department of Plant Protection to the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation. The measure that has been taken to prevent the Trogoderma granarium proliferation also known as a cabinet or khapra beetle in the products supplied to milling, processing, storage, and packaging facilities in Russia.
A temporary ban was imposed on the rice import from Pakistan, earlier this year. It was banned on the pretext that khapra beetle was found in a batch of rice. This happened, despite the fact that the Department of Plant Protection, which issues sanitary and phytosanitary certificates to each grain consignment moving outside the country cleared the consignment.
Following the ban, the Russian side has asked for info on the measure that can be taken to prevent beetle proliferation in products that are supplied to Russia and information regarding zones in Pakistan free from the beetle.
The official said, “Russian side has been informed that there is no specific area in Pakistan, which is free from Trogoderma granarium beetle.
“The implementation of the compliance program will help in exporting pest-free rice to Russian Federation. The Russian side has also been requested for a meeting of experts of both sides too.”