Russia lifts ban on import of rice from Pakistan


2021-06-11 18:52:47

A vendor scoops a measure of rice from a bag at a market within the district of Faisalabad in Punjab, Pakistan.
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Islamabad: Russia has lifted its ban on the import of rice from Pakistan after two years – a transfer that may assist Pakistani rice growers enhance their earnings. Pakistan exported roughly 35,000 tonnes of rice and different grains price $40-50 million annually to Russia till 2019.

“Russia has lifted the ban on import of rice from Pakistan from 11 June 2021” primarily based on implementation of phytosanitary measures proposed by the Ministry of Meals Safety Division of Plant Safety (DPP) of Quarantine Division, the official assertion mentioned.

Initially, Russian Nationwide Plant Safety Group (NPPO) has accepted the import from 4 rice enterprises – two from Karachi, one from Lahore and one from Chiniot. The permission to different rice items shall be topic to digital verification by DPP.

Deputy Director Technical Quarantine of DPP Sohail Shahzad had been negotiating with Russia for the previous 12 months for the elimination of the ban on rice from Pakistan, in accordance with a press release issued by the Ministry of Meals Safety. He supplied Russia all required technical data, assurances on Pakistan Plant Quarantine system, pest surveillance and management programme within the rice-growing space and rice institutions. Commerce Minister Pakistan Embassy Russia Nasir Hameed took up the difficulty and pursued the matter with the Russian authorities.

Russia banned the import of Pakistani rice in Could 2019 after the detection of the Khapra beetle in a rice consignment shipped from Pakistan.

Improve rice exports

Pakistan is likely one of the high 5 exporting nations of rice on the earth. Pakistan produces round 7.4m tonnes of rice yearly of which almost 4m tonnes are exported.

Minister for Nationwide Meals Safety and Analysis Syed Fakhar Imam mentioned on Friday that the transfer can result in a “vital enhance in rice exports to Russian markets in addition to different high-end markets.” He recommended the efforts of DPP, Ministry of Commerce that remained in shut coordination with the Pakistan embassy in Moscow and “performed an important position for the resumption of native rice exports to Russian markets.”

Transfer to assist fetch as much as $300m

Minister Fakhar hoped that the resumption of rice exports to Russian markets would assist in fetching a further $200 to $300 million annually, which might primarily profit the native growers. The agriculture progress was instantly linked with the prosperity of over 8.94 million farming households in Pakistan, he mentioned, including that the federal government has launched measures and incentives to guard them and guarantee help to farming communities.

Pakistan and Russia commerce

Bilateral commerce between Pakistan and Russia witnessed a rise reaching an all-time excessive of $790 million final 12 months. The 2 nations agreed to diversify and enhance bilateral ties within the fields of power, industrial modernisation, railways and aviation throughout Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov go to to Islamabad in April 2021. Final month, Islamabad and Moscow signed the amended settlement to construct the 1,100-km-long Pakistan Stream fuel pipeline described as a “flagship strategic enterprise” to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

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