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Russia agrees to resume importing

بواسطة root - أخر تحديث 2017/06/04 - 12:09pm

Dr. Ayman Farid Abu Hadid, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, announced the agreement between Egypt and Russia to resume the export of Egyptian potatoes to Moscow next season, following the recent decision to cancel its decision to suspend the import of potatoes from Egypt.

Abu Hadid said in statements to Al-Masry Al-Youm that it was agreed to establish rules for the export of Egyptian potatoes, including export from the areas free of brown mold, and inspect them prior to export through a joint committee of the Egyptian and Russian agricultural quarantine department before shipping them from the Egyptian ports.

He added that these controls and procedures will be approved during the visit of an official Russian quarantine committee to Egypt in early July, in preparation for the formal approval and signature during this visit. The minister pointed out that Egypt aims to acquire a large share of the export of potatoes in the international market beyond the 500 thousand tons next year.

This comes after a round of negotiations (Egyptian – Russian), which ended earlier this week in the Russian capital Moscow, headed by Dr. Ali Suleiman, head of the Central Department of Quarantine, to solve the problem of stopping exports of potatoes to Egypt.

Egyptian potato exports to Russia reached 240,000 tons during the current season, worth more than 690 million pounds, which is 4 times what Russia imported in the last export season (2009/2010).

Dr. Saad Nassar, Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, said that the exports of Egyptian potatoes to the international markets in the current export season 2011 doubled to reach 461 thousand tons compared to 289 thousand tons last year, of which 159 thousand tons to the European Union and 58 thousand tons to other foreign countries , While exports to Arab and African countries amounted to 21 thousand tons.