Since February 4, the Rosselkhoznadzor has imposed restrictions on the import of seed potatoes from the Netherlands into Russia, the press service of the department reports.
The reason for the introduction of restrictions was the detection of brown potato rot in the samples of potatoes that arrived from the Netherlands in December, which was quarantined for the Eurasian Economic Union and was not available on the territory of Russia.
The Rosselkhoznadzor emphasizes that this facility represents a "huge phytosanitary threat to Russia." It is noted that its possible skidding and spreading can lead to crop losses and the cost of fighting a pest.
“If the pest occupies its potential habitat in Russia, then even with a minimum yield loss of 2%, the economic damage will amount to 700-760 thousand tons of potatoes per year,” the department said.
In this regard, from today a ban is imposed on the supply of seed potatoes from enterprises and warehouses located in the city of Anna-Pavlovna, until negotiations with the Netherlands are held, Rosselkhoznadzor reports.