Rosselkhoznadzor in the format of a video conference held negotiations with representatives of the Food Security Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The event was also attended by specialists of the All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center (FSBI "VNIIKR") subordinate to the Service.
The parties discussed a number of issues related to the export of Azerbaijani plant products to the territory of Russia. The foreign competent authority announced that at present, in the western part of the country, a procedure is underway for uniting private farms into one legal entity. The new organizational structure will make it possible to track the phytosanitary state of manufactured products along the entire chain - from the greenhouse to shipment to importers.
Azerbaijani colleagues also asked to increase the number of video inspections of plant producers up to 3-4 per day. The specialists of the FSBI "VNIIKR", in turn, stressed that they prioritize the quality of monitoring, and not the speed of its implementation, but they are ready to consider an increase in video inspections.
In addition, the parties discussed the possibility of allowing Azerbaijani enterprises, under the guarantees of the Food Safety Agency, to supply tomatoes to Russia from zones, places and production sites free from the quarantine facility for the EAEU - tomato moth (Tuta absoluta (Povolny)), without video inspections. The Rosselkhoznadzor is ready to consider the proposal of a foreign agency after receiving documents confirming the absence of a pest in these territories.
During the negotiations, the participants discussed the prospects for the scientific exchange of guidelines for the detection and identification of pests, the rules for conducting phytosanitary observations, as well as interlaboratory verification of competence and the acquisition of pheromone traps by the Azerbaijani supervisory authority for monitoring.
Another topic of the dialogue was the integration of information systems in the field of phytosanitary of the two countries. The parties recognized the importance of this work and noted the need for a dialogue at the level of technical specialists.