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Sergey Dankvert Held Talks with Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Republic of Paraguay Denis Lichi

The meeting between the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Paraguay took place in Moscow on October 29 of the current year and was a logical continuation of the visit of Paraguayan colleagues who had come to Russia in order to familiarize themselves with the activities of the FGBI “Federal Centre for Animal Health” (FGBI “ARRIAH”) subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor. The event was also attended by President of the National Service for Animal Quality and Health of the Republic of Paraguay (SENACSA) José Carlos Martin Camperchioli and Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay to the Russian Federation Ramón Antero Díaz Pereira, as well as by the experts from the both sides.

The key topic of the dialogue was the discussion of the existing capacity for the increase in trade turnover between the two countries. Sergey Dankvert emphasized that the turnover between Russia and Paraguay had already delivered important outcomes. In particular, agricultural product turnover alone has made 715 million US dollars this year, whereas it made 434 million US dollars over the same period in 2017. Moreover, the quantity of Paraguayan animal products exported to the Russian Federation was quite impressive. Sergey Dankvert brought attention of the Paraguayan colleagues to the fact that all the requirements of the Russian Federation should be complied with, including those concerning product safety and quality. In this vein, the parties discussed the findings of the investigation carried out by the Paraguayan side with respect to the incidents of the illegal re-export of Brazilian beef under the guise of beef produced by an establishment in Paraguay that had been detected by the Rosselkhoznadzor. The Paraguayan party assured the Rosselkhoznadzor that it was taking all the necessary measures to ensure that such incidents would not recur in the future.

Still on the theme of turnover, the Russian party pointed out the opportunities for the increase in soybean deliveries from Paraguay to the Russian Federation. The Rosselkhoznadzor experts are to visit Paraguay in the nearest future to familiarize themselves with the system for the control of the quality and safety of these products.

In the course of the dialogue, possible cooperation between the parties was discussed in regard to the supplies of the FMD vaccine produced by the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate FGBI “ARRIAH” to Paraguay where 100 % of livestock population shall be vaccinated. It was noted that the Russian vaccine is more effective than that currently used in Paraguay. Besides, the total cost of livestock vaccination with the use of Russian vaccines may be lower. Scientific support across the entire vaccination process can be seen as another advantage of using FGBI ARRIAH vaccines. It was underlined that even a single FMD outbreak in Paraguay might result in significant economic losses for the country, including the ban on animal product export to foreign markets, the Russian one being among them. In this connection, the Paraguayan party invited the Russian experts to visit Paraguay for further elaboration of the vaccine supply issue.

The parties emphasized the high level of the trusting relations between the countries and agreed to focus their efforts on the development of such cooperation. 

Oct 29, 2018