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India asked Russia to lift the ban on rice import

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Staff writer ▼ | August 22, 2013
India asked Russia to lift the temporary suspension on importing rice from the country. Russia placed a ban on import of rice from India following detection of Khapra Beetles.
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India riceIndia asked Russia to lift the temporary suspension on importing rice from the country. Russia placed a ban on import of rice from India following detection of Khapra Beetles.


India's rice export to Russia increased five times to $25 million in April-December 2012, compared to $4.5 million in the same period of the previous fiscal, before breaks were applied by the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (FSVPS) on the imports in February.

The issue came up for discussion during the meeting of Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexey Valentinovich Ulyukaev on the sidelines of the ASEAN Ministerial meeting in Brunei.

Mr. Sharma sought resolution over sanitary and phytosanitary measures concerning standards of Indian agriculture exports to Russia. He also asked the Russian minister to implement the Memorandum of Understanding on Pharmaceuticals which was signed in 2010, saying that the quality and cost-effective Indian generic medicines will greatly benefit Russia.

The Russian Minister, meanwhile, raised the issue of protection of Russian investment in India and asked for early conclusion of the Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement (BIPA).


 

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