Rosselkhoznadzor to check 12 more Belarusian enterprises in May

Rosselkhoznadzor to check 12 more Belarusian enterprises in May

Belarus expects the next inspection of the Rosselkhoznadzor in early May, said Minister of Agriculture and Food at the opening of the International Dairy Forum in Minsk. Leonid Zayats said that a preliminary report has already been received on the results of the latest inspection of Belarusian enterprises by Russian experts.

According to the minister, there are no global complaints, and some of them were at least somewhat biased. At the moment, the first eight enterprises that have been subject to restrictions have been checked.

Leonid Zayats, Agriculture and Food Minister of Belarus:
Our product once again confirmed that it carries no risks for health. Positive aspects were noted in the organization of quality control of incoming raw materials, control over the manufacture of products and control over the shipment of these products to the Russian market. On May 1, experts of Rosselkhoznadzor will come to inspect the remaining enterprises of the Republic of Belarus, because only eight out of the 20 companies under sanctions were checked. 12 will be subjected to another inspection. At our insistence.

Mikhail Mishchenko, Director of the Center for Dairy Market Study (Russia):
Producers of dairy products in Russia also suffer from the actions of Rosselkhoznadzor. Often their actions are not entirely legitimate. And today, many producers of milk and dairy products in Russia are very much outraged. Literally about 2-3 weeks ago, the prosecutor's office of the Russian Federation announced that they had noticed excessive pressure on business from Rosselkhoznadzor.

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture hopes for the prompt resolution of the issues in the protracted dispute. Both sides are now actively working in this direction. The dairy forum gathered in Minsk leading representatives of the industry and potential buyers from near and far abroad. These are experts from the United States, the European Union, Israel, Russia, Ukraine. The meeting is held in the Belarusian capital since the country is the largest exporter of dairy products to the world market.

Alexei Bogdanov, head of the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus:
This forum is aimed at urging our producers to diversify their markets. You cannot remain only in one market, no matter how premium it is. We need to move on. By 2020, we plan to increase milk production to 2 million tons. Where are we going to sell it? We should discuss this topic already today.