The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Land Reclamation of the Kyrgyz Republic reacted to the ban of Kazakhstan from importing food and seed potatoes, apples and persimmons from Kyrgyzstan.
The press service of the ministry claims that Kazakh colleagues notified the ban on February 21, although they should have done it on the 20th. Thus, Kazakhstan violates the rules of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission.
The Ministry of Agriculture declares that in accordance with the international standard of phytosanitary measures No. 13, the introduction of a ban cannot extend to the entire territory of the republic. That is, if Kazakhstan discovered contaminated products, it supposedly has the right to prohibit delivery only from the region of Kyrgyzstan where the goods arrived.
The ministry will request a laboratory report on the identification of quarantine pests through independent experts.
Kazakhstan reported 59 cases of detection of contaminated products, but only 11 related to apples, potatoes and persimmons, the report said.