Russia Ban On SL Agricultural Goods In Effect
The temporary restriction on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, imposed by a Russian agricultural safety watchdog will come into effect from today.
Reuters reported the watchdog said it had taken the decision to impose restrictions after it found an insect, known as the Khapra beetle, in the packaging of one consignment of tea from Sri Lanka.
The Head of the Rusteacoffee Association stated tea from Sri Lanka accounts for 23 percent of Russia’s tea market.
He added members of Rusteacoffee will ask the Russian agricultural safety watchdog to resume tea imports from Sri Lanka but with tougher controls.
According to customs data Russia has imported 141,300 tonnes of tea worth $436 million in the first 10 months of 2017.
Meanwhile, A Sri Lankan delegation comprising Ministers Navin Dissanayake and Rishad Bathiudeen were due to leave for Russia last night in order to hold discussions pertaining to the temporary ban on tea.
However it was decided to deploy a technical team prior to the Ministers visiting the country.
Accordingly Ministers Navin Dissanayake and Rishad Bathiudeen will travel to Russia on a later date.
President Maithripala Sirisena last night stated that he hopes to hold discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin pertaining to the temporary ban.