Azerbaijan and Russia discuss lifting ban on tomato and apple exports

Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency and Russia’s phytosanitary agency Rosselkhoznadzor have discussed further measures to remove restrictions on the export of Azerbaijani tomatoes and apples to Russia.

At a meeting in Moscow, the parties discussed bilateral relations in the field of food security, the prospects for joint cooperation and integration of information systems. The draft agreements between the two institutions regarding veterinary & plant quarantine and protection were discussed as well. Furthermore, both parties exchanged views on expanding cooperation between Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency and Russian Plant Quarantine Center.

Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency and relevant agencies are taking joint measures to lift restrictions on the tomatoes and apple export from Azerbaijan to Russia. Rosselkhoznadzor banned the import of Azerbaijani tomatoes and apples on December 10, citing the necessity to “prevent the import and spread” of pesticides to Russia. So far, relevant Russian authority lifted the ban on import for 96 tomatoes producing companies and over 40 apples producers companies operating in Azerbaijan.


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