The talks between representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Sultanate of Oman took place in Moscow on September 10, this year.
The Russian party was headed by Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Nikolay Vlasov; the Omani party was headed by Director of Livestock Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Ahmed Bin Ibrahim Al-Naibi.
Pursuant to the visit program agreed by Russian and Omani Competent Authorities, the Omani delegation will visit poultry and beef processing plants in the Bryansk Oblast and Stavropol Krai. It is also planned to visit FGBIs Federal Centre for Animal Health and Bryansk Interoblast Veterinary Laboratory, subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor.
In the course of the talks, the Rosselkhoznadzor experts familiarized Omani specialists with the Service structure, as well as the current system of the national veterinary control.
Nikolay Vlasov stressed that the Service is supervising safety and quality of livestock products by tracing the whole process from stable to table. In particular, to ensure transparency of animal product movements domestically, the Federal State Information System “Mercury” was introduced. To ensure transparency of import and export supplies this system can by successfully integrated with analogous systems in other countries.
Nikolay Vlasov noted that “Mercury” is operating in a routine mode now. About 120 million e-certificates are generated per month; it means 5 million certificates per day and 700 thousand certificates per hour. The parties also discussed Russia’s regionalization with regard to dangerous animal diseases and measures, taken by the Rosselkhoznadzor in order to prevent circulation of unsafe animal products. According to Nikolay Vlasov it is impossible to distribute products from outbreak-affected establishments thanks to “Mercury” operation. Notification on an outbreak is immediately sent to the Rosselkhoznadzor and products cannot be marketed from this establishment. Moreover several Russian plants are classified as Compartments III and IV (high biosecurity level) and if the area is declared not safe due to some disease, the products, originating from Compartment III and IV Establishments can be recognized safe, following the Rosselkhoznadzor inspection.
The Omani delegation thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor experts for detailed explanation of all arisen questions.
The final meeting will take place on September 18 at the Rosselkhoznadzor Headquarters to discuss the results of the performed inspection.