A teleconference with Director of Main State Inspection for
Seed Breeding, Quarantine and Plant Protection of the Republic of Belarus (hereinafter
referred to as the Inspection) Alexander Piskun took place on October 3 on the
initiative of the Rosselkhoznadzor.
The excess of fresh tomato export from the Republic of
Belarus to the Russian Federation compared to the declared export was the topic
of the discussion.
At the beginning of September the Inspection submitted
information about the planned tomato production and export from the Republic of
Belarus to the Russian Federation including the list of producers and areas for
growing the said products on the field and under coverage.
The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed concern about the fact that the
tomato export was 2.3 thousand tons higher than the declared one and asked the
Director of the Inspection to comment on that fact.
Alexander Piskun informed that tomato production is well
developed in the Republic of Belarus. The planned tomato production this year
is to make 5 thousand tons on the field and 88.5 thousand tons under coverage.
However, the season for growing tomatoes on the field came to an end in
mid-September due to unfavourable weather conditions. Russia accounts for 99%
of Belarusian tomato exports, Belarus has planned to export 42.8 thousand tons to
the Russian market this year but according to the Inspectorate 45.6 thousand
tons had already been exported by October 3.
Alexander Piskun clarified the issue of arranging the on-site
phytosanitary certification of tomatoes, cucumbers and apples exported to
The Rosselkhoznadzor in its turn mentioned that there were
questions concerning multiple increase in Turkish tomato import to the Republic
of Belarus taking into the consideration well-developed tomato production in
According to Belstat Turkish tomato import during the 7
months of 2017 is 3.5 times higher than during the year of 2015 and 12 times
higher than in 2012.
Alexander Piskun made it clear that due to the economic
sanctions Turkish tomatoes were lower at cost than those of Belarus origin thus
being in demand in the market of Belarus. He also expressed readiness to
receive the specialists of the Rosselkhoznadzor to examine tomato production
At the end of the talks the Rosselkhoznadzor asked the
Director of the Inspection to submit additional information concerning average
tomato yields and also the demand for the said products among the Belarusians.