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Rosselkhoznadzor Delegation Visits Portugal

In the context of the national task implementation related to support of Russian agricultural product exporters and at the request of the Russian National Food Exporters’ Union and Businessmen Council of Russia and Portugal within the RF Chamber of Commerce the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation took part in the activities of XXII International Food Exhibition SISAB-2017.

In the course of the meeting with the Exhibition Director General Carlos Morais the Russian delegation informed him about the Russian food and agricultural raw product export potential. Besides, on the sidelines of the exhibition the working meetings with Luís Medeiros Vieira, Secretary of State of Agriculture and Food and Grasa Mariana, Deputy Director General of the Portuguese Directorate General for Food and Animal Health were held. The parties noted the importance of cooperation improvement between competent authorities of both countries responsible for the assurance of biological and food safety and food security. The Portuguese party expressed its interest in expansion of food supplies to the Russian market not covered by the restrictions. Another confirmation of such an interest is the visit of the Portuguese delegation to the agro-industrial exhibition Prodexpo held recently in Moscow. The Russian delegation invited the Portuguese party to forthcoming Golden Autumn exhibition. In the course of the meeting the possibilities of investing for the Portuguese companies in the agricultural sector of the Russian economy were discussed as well as potential supplies of Russian forage grain to Portugal. The Portuguese party also expressed its interest in increase in Russian dried cod import.

The parties agreed that it is reasonable to develop cooperation in veterinary sphere. Russia is also interested in study of Portuguese experience in wide-scale African swine fever control and Portugal in Russia’s experience in development of biologicals against such dangerous animal diseases like FMD or avian influenza. Portuguese practice of fish feed production for aquaculture is also interesting for Russia.

The parties also agreed to exchange information and methodology related to food adulteration control. Portugal is really experienced in detection of olive oil adulteration cases. The parties agreed to improve all kinds of cooperation within the Working Group on Agriculture under the Commission for Economic, Industrial and Technical Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Portuguese Republic.

Mar 14, 2017