ISLAMABAD: Russia has lifted the ban on importing rice from Pakistan.
Based on the guidelines, Russia authorized the import of rice from four Pakistani companies as of Friday (today).
The decision was based on the implementation of phytosanitary measures proposed by the Plant Protection Department (DPP) of the Ministry of Food Safety, Quarantine Division.
Russia carried out an inspection in February last year.
Pakistan Embassy Trade Minister in Russia Nasir Hameed raised the issue with the host country and pursued the matter with Russian authorities.
A statement released by the Food Security Ministry said DPP Deputy Director of Technical Quarantine Sohail Shahzad had negotiated with Russia over the past year to lift the ban on rice imports. from Pakistan.
The department also provided Russia with all the required technical information, assurances on Pakistan’s plant quarantine system, pest surveillance and control program in rice areas and rice establishments.
Initially, four rice establishments – two in Karachi, one in Lahore and one in Chiniot – were approved by the NPPO Russia to import rice from Pakistan.
The authorization for the other rice-growing units will be subject to virtual verification by the plant quarantine division of the DPP.
Posted in Dawn, le 11 June 2021