The Algerian Ministry of Agriculture concluded the visit to Russia aimed at evaluating the control system for exported animal and grain products and considering their exports to Algeria.
On September 28, Moscow hosted closing meetings between the Rosselkhoznadzor which organized the audit and Algerian delegations, one of which was represented by Director of the Veterinary service Hachimi Karim Kaddour and the other - by Head of the Algerian Office for Grain Cultures Mohamed Belabdi. The Russian Ministry of Agriculture member staff also participated in the talks.
The Rosselkhoznadzor thanked the Algerian experts for their work in Russia on September 23-28 which would allow Russian establishments to export their products to Algeria.
During this period the Algerian veterinary officers visited a beef-processing plant in Bryansk region and a sea border checkpoint in Saint Petersburg and also acquainted themselves with the activities of the FGBI ‘Leningrad Interregional Veterinary Laboratory’ and the Federal Centre for Animal Health (FGBI ‘ARRIAH’) subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor.
During the same period, the second delegation comprised of the Algerian Office for Grain Cultures officers visited Novorossiysk grain terminal, a bread-baking complex in Sochi, the International industrial academy as well as the establishments subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor – the All-Russian Institute for Plant Quarantine and the Grain Quality Centre.
The Algerian party gave a positive feedback on the current state veterinary control system in Russia and highlighted sophisticated equipment in the laboratories of the FGBI ‘ARRIAH’ subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor, considerable scientific capacities of the Institution and up-to-date developments on prevention and treatment of dangerous animal diseases.
Notably, the Algerian party expressed interest in imports of Russian vaccines against FMD manufactured by the FGBI ‘ARRIAH’. The parties agreed to discuss the eventual access of Russian vaccines on the Algerian market through direct contacts between relevant establishments.
The Algerian colleagues also noted the efficient performance of the Russian information system ‘Mercury’ which ensured traceability of meat products.
During talks the parties considered in detail veterinary certificates for Russian beef and dairy products, reviewed a veterinary certificate for Russian products derived from aquatic biological resources intended for exports to Algeria and agreed to finish harmonizing the veterinary certificates without undue delay. Besides, following the request of the Algerian party, the Rosselkhoznadzor will soon provide it with a list of Russian companies manufacturing aquatic biological resources and accredited for export to third countries. The establishments from that list would be authorized to sell their products on the Algerian market as soon as the harmonization procedure of the veterinary certificate is over.
The Algerian party also appreciated the grain quality and safety system, the expertise of Russian specialists, accuracy of the methods and equipment of laboratories which deal with verification of products’ compliance with import requirements.
Mohamed Belabdi underscored that Algeria was highly interested in importing Russian wheat and would consider this opportunity after a due analysis of the information derived during the audit. The decision of the Algerian party would also be based upon the test results of a wheat sample lot which would be dispatched to Algeria in the nearest time.
Besides, Mohamed Belabdi suggested arranging a multilateral meeting of parties interested in exports of Russian grain, including competent agencies and industry communities of two countries. The Russian side observed that the agro-industrial exposition ‘Golden Autumn’ which would be held in Moscow on October 10-13 could be a good venue for discussing issues regarding grain exports.
It was stated that this year Russia was forecasted to harvest 105 mln tons of grain cultures, 97 mln tons of which (including 67 mln tons of wheat) had been already ground. More than 130 countries worldwide buy Russian wheat.
The Algerian party expressed its gratitude to the Rosselkhoznadzor for arranging the visit which was up to the mark and constituted a significant milestone in establishing mutually beneficial trade in agricultural products and in enhancing trade and economic ties of two countries.