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Russia warns Pakistan of banning rice imports over phytosanitary issues

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Russia has warned Pakistan that it might ban rice imports once more if Moscow’s phytosanitary issues will not be addressed in future consignments after a quarantine organism was detected within the rice consignment.

The warning got here after Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (FSVPS) issued a notification concerning violations of worldwide and Russian phytosanitary necessities over a cargo of rice imported from Pakistan.

Dated April 2, the notification highlights the presence of a quarantine organism, “Megaselia scalaris (Loew),” within the rice consignment.

Pakistan’s commerce consultant at its embassy in Russia was requested to hold out a right away investigation into the matter.

The Russian authorities have written to the Pakistan embassy to forestall such violations and guarantee all Pakistani rice exporters comply with phytosanitary requirements to make sure the security of agricultural merchandise traded between the 2 nations.

The commerce wing of the Pakistani embassy in Moscow, whereas forwarding the Russian authority’s letter to the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) within the Ministry of Food Security and different related authorities places of work, has warned of a potential ban on rice exports in future if extra complaints have been acquired from Russian authorities.

Russia had beforehand imposed a ban on rice imports from Pakistan in 2019 due to well being security causes.

Similarly, in December 2006, Russia stopped the import of rice from Pakistan for not assembly meals security requirements.

Chairman of the Pakistan Rice Exporters Association, Chela Ram Kewlani, stated that Pakistani rice exporters wanted to be very cautious in selecting and packaging all rice for export.

He stated that Pakistan had benefited from India banning exports of non-Basmati rice final yr, provided that India has an almost 40 per cent share within the globally traded rice.

Last yr, India banned the export of white non-Basmati and parboiled rice.

According to a number one Pakistani rice seller, about 7,00,000 tonnes of rice have been exported in December 2023 alone, the very best in a month for the fiscal yr.

He stated Pakistan exported rice with a rise in increased manufacturing and demand and elevated world costs final yr.

The Rice Export Corporation is projecting a 60% bounce in exports of Basmati rice to over one million tonnes and a 36% bounce for non-Basmati rice to 4.25 million tonnes from Pakistan.

It is eyeing exports of above 5 million metric tonnes of all rice within the fiscal yr of 2023/2024, which might be a lot increased than final fiscal yr’s exports of three.7 million tonnes.

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