Russia has banned import of rice from India after it
found a banned pesticide in shipments from the nation''s
Russian side has stated the detection of dimethoate"
pesticide as reason for the ban, minister of state for
commerce and industry Jairam Ramesh said in a written
reply in Parliament.
Russian ban comes at a time when exports from India,
the world''s second-biggest grower of the grain, are
expected to fall this year as a stronger rupee makes
shipments less competitive. India will contest the ban
because Russia''s government had agreed to hold off the
restriction until November.
ban imposed on import of rice by Russia with effect
from May 1 is violative of the protocol signed in February
2007 and the Government of India is taking up the matter
with the Russian authorities, he said.
Russian agency on veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance
(Rosselkhoznadzor) issued a notification on April 27
imposing a ban on import of rice from India to Russia
due to the purported detection of pesticides. The Russian
side has started the cause as detection of demethoate,
which is not admissible under Russian regulations.
on December 4, lat year, the Russian agency had issued
a press release announcing a suspension on import of
rice from Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, US and India
due to the purported detection of pesticides.
efforts by the Government of India to revoke the suspension,
a delegation from the Russian agency visited India during
February. A protocol was negotiated which has now been
signed by both the sides, the minister added.