Rosselkhoznadzor allowed to import into Russia Turkmen tomatoes in which the virus was previously detected

On December 10, the Rosselkhoznadzor allowed the import of tomatoes and peppers into Russia from 88 Turkmen enterprises under the guarantees of the State Plant Quarantine Service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan. This was reported on the website of the Russian department.

The decision was made following the results of the phytosanitary monitoring of enterprises that grow tomatoes and peppers in the territory of Turkmenistan, represented by the Turkmen side, the report says.

A ban on the import of Turkmen tomatoes and peppers from Ashgabat, Mary, Akhal and Dashoguz provinces was introduced in April 2021, after the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) was detected in products from these regions .

A complete list of enterprises can be found at the link (pdf).

Earlier , it was repeatedly reported about cases of detection of various parasites in tomatoes from Turkmenistan.

Meanwhile, the statistics of the Eurasian Economic Commission show strange information on the supply of tomatoes from Turkmenistan to Russia.

The statistical tables indicate that from January to April, Turkmenistan exported 24.6 thousand tons to Russia (from 5 to 7 thousand tons per month).

Further, from January to May, this figure rose sharply to 48.8 thousand tons (+24.2 thousand tons in May alone!), But the following table from January to June indicates that Russia imported 32.8 thousand tons of Turkmen tomatoes. That is, it turns out that in five months the import turned out to be higher than in six.

From June to September, Turkmenistan stopped exporting tomatoes not only to Russia, but also to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, which, like Russia, are members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). This is probably due to seasonality. More relevant data has not yet been published.

Note that in the first half of 2021, Turkmenistan has increased the export of tomatoes to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

From January to May, supplies to Kazakhstan increased from 1.3 to 4.7 thousand tons of tomatoes per month. In just nine months, 13.3 thousand tons were delivered.

Export to Kyrgyzstan for the same period increased from 0.1 to 5.9 thousand tons per month. A sharp increase in supplies began in March 2021, and in just nine months from the beginning of the year, Turkmenistan sent 8.3 thousand tons of tomatoes to Kyrgyzstan.

As reported the day before, the deputy of the Kyrgyz parliament Erkin Zholdoshaliev said that local farmers were dissatisfied with the import of cheap Turkmen tomatoes and urged to check the quality of imported tomatoes, since Turkmenistan is not a member of the EAEU.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan