December 29, 2021 13:49 (UTC + 04: 00)
By Ayya Lmahamad
Azerbaijan increased its exports of plant products to Russia by 3%, from 423,800 tonnes to 539,700 tonnes, compared to 2020.
This was stated during a videoconference meeting between the Chairman of the Azerbaijani Food Safety Agency, Goshgar Tahmazli, and the Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) Sergey Dankvert on December 27.
The parties noted that as a result of joint cooperation, the two countries had succeeded in simplifying the procedures for importing and exporting plant products.
Discussing the results of cooperation between the two institutions in 2021, the parties noted that the cooperation has greatly contributed to the development of trade relations between Russia and Azerbaijan.
It was noted that currently Azerbaijan is one of the largest exporters of tomatoes and apples to Russia among the CIS countries.
They noted that Rosselkhoznadzor had lifted the export ban for 212 tomatoes and 76 Azerbaijani apple-producing companies.
From January 1 to December 26, 2021, some 138,117 tonnes of tomatoes and 62,319 tonnes of apples were exported to Russia from Azerbaijan.
In addition, they mentioned that exports of agricultural products from Azerbaijan to Russia have increased this year.
In this context, exports of nectarines have multiplied by 3 (from 4,300 tonnes to 12,900 tonnes), exports of peaches by 3 (from 3,100 tonnes to 9,500 tonnes), exports of pears by 2.9 ( from 1,800 tons to 5,300 tons), apricot exports 2.8 times (from 712 tons to 2,000 tons).
In addition, Azerbaijan increased its exports of grapes to Russia by 44 percent (from 6,500 tons to 9,400 tons), persimmons by 33 percent (from 102,100 tons to 136,200 tons), pomegranates from 24 percent (from 12,000 tonnes to 14,900 tonnes), potatoes 23 percent (from 69,000 tonnes to 85,000 tonnes).
In addition, the parties discussed the bilateral cooperation program and other topics of mutual interest.
It should be noted that Rosselkhoznadzor banned the export of Azerbaijani tomatoes and apples on December 10, citing the need to “prevent the import and spread” of pesticides to Russia.
Azerbaijan and Russia have mutual cooperation in different fields, such as economy, agriculture, customs, communications, high technology and others. More than 230 intergovernmental and business-to-business documents have been signed between the two countries and six “roadmaps” are being implemented.
Earlier this year, Azerbaijan participated in a number of international exhibitions held in Russia. Trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia amounted to $ 2.6 billion in 2020, making Russia Azerbaijan’s third-largest partner.
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