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Rosselkhoznadzor Participated in 14th Meeting of Permanent Russian-Iranian Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation

On February 7, 2018 in Moscow the 14th meeting of the Permanent Russian-Iranian Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation was held under the chairmanship of Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Islamic Republic of Iran Masud Karbasian. Аssistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Vasily Lavrovsky took part in the work of the commission.

During the meeting, a wide range of issues related to the interaction of the two countries in the field of energy, transport, construction, health, education, use of natural resources, ecology and other spheres was considered. Much attention was paid to regional cooperation and cooperation in the field of agriculture and food trade, which is not surprising, as 42% of all supplies from Russia to Iran and 70% from Iran to Russia are represented by agricultural and food products, and the balance here is in favor of the Russian side.

Interim Deputy Minister of Agriculture (Jihad) of Iran Mehdi Kazem Nejad expressed satisfaction with the level of development of interagency relations, emphasizing the importance of strengthening the interaction of the veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance bodies of the parties in order to create conditions for unimpeded mutual deliveries of safe and quality products. In this regard, the growth of exports of Iranian fruit and vegetable, as well as some types of dairy and fish products to Russia, and an increase in counter deliveries of feed and plant components from Russia to Iran were noted.  An increase in the supply of chilled mutton from the North Caucasian Federal District, which in the two months of 2018 reached 700 tons, is more than double the purchases of this product for the entire 2017.

The intention of the Iranian side to permit the delivery of agreed types of livestock products was promising, and this involves frozen and chilled beef, chilled meat of small ruminants, poultry meat, table egg and fish products from Russian establishments under the guarantees of Rosselkhoznadzor.

The parties expressed satisfaction with the terms of the tripartite Memorandum on wheat trade that was earlier signed between the Ministries of Agriculture of Iran, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. In addition, the prospects for the development of contract production of vegetable products for the needs of Russia in Iran and soybean, sunflower, rapeseed, safflower and sesame for the needs of Iran in Russia were noted. The interest of the Iranian side in the development and purchase of timber processing industry products and cooperation in fisheries will also be underlined, which undoubtedly implies further deepening of cooperation between Russian and Iranian competent agencies to ensure the biosafety requirements.

The Russian-Iranian Working Group for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Issues remains the important instrument to strengthen such cooperation. Its third meeting is planned to be held in 2018 in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

As a result of the work of the Standing Committee, a corresponding protocol was signed by the co-chairs.

 

Mar 7, 2018

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