National Food Safety Agency to strengthen control over agricultural products exported to Russia

The National Food Safety Agency will strengthen the control over agricultural products, exported to Russia, said the Agency Director Gheorghe Gaberi, Infotag informs. 

He said that in 2015-2016 the RosSelhozNadzor [Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance] established a list of 123 firms, mainly from Gagauzia and Transnistria, which are allowed to export agricultural goods to the Russian market.

“The permit was received under the responsibility of ANSA, thus we will be strictly monitoring the fulfillment of conditions, imposed by the Russian side”, Gaberi said.

According to him, one of the most important problems in trade between the countries is the fact that Russian experts visited other regions of Moldova long time ago and do not have a clear image about the quality of production and assortment.

“Besides, some entrepreneurs are registering companies in Gagauzia and Transnistria, but are growing goods in other raions or are buying it in other countries, which is a violation of agreements”, the director said.

He added that recently he had a meeting with representatives of a network of Russian hypermarkets, where guests expressed interest in buying more Moldovan goods.

Despite difficult relations between the two countries, the exports of Moldovan agricultural goods to Russia grew against last year. Thus, over first 7 months of 2016, Moldova exported 44 thousand tons of fruit against 21 thousand tons a year ago.

The volumes of Moldovan agricultural goods, exported abroad have grown, while fruit exports almost doubled, said National Food Safety Agency Director Gheorghe Gaberi at the Monday’s press conference.

He said that as of the beginning of August, 108 thousand tons of fruit have been supplied abroad, against 59 thousand tons a year ago, while grape exporting volumes made 11.5 thousand tons against 4.8 thousand tons. Besides, for the first time over the last few years, Moldova exported 2.8 thousand tons of peaches and 3 thousand tons of plums, put in cold storages last year.

As for exports to the EU, the volumes of Moldovan goods, supplied to its markets, grew insignificantly – to 1.09 thousand tons from 1.03 thousand tons.

With all this, Gaberi said that vegetable exports fell to 2.3 thousand tons from 12.5 thousand tons.

CIS countries remain the main sales market for Moldovan fruit and vegetables. 63.3 thousand tons of fruit were supplied there in 2016 against 36.7 thousand tons a year ago.

Gaberi stressed that farmers with two ha of land are not able to be successful exporters, thus they have to unite in cooperative unions, which will give them the possibility to develop production lines and be more competitive.

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