Import of food items: TDAP holds seminar on Russian market opportunities


January 01, 2015 – BR Report –

Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) has organised a seminar on market opportunities and regulatory regimes of Russian Federation regarding import of food items here on Wednesday. The main purpose of the seminar was to create awareness among the exporters, producers and growers of food and agro products to benefit from the situation that has emerged after the imposition of ban by Russian Federation on food and agricultural products from the European Union, and other countries.

Since August 2014, Russian Federation has imposed ban on import of all food items from the US, European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway. Prior to this, Russia has already taken certain measures imposing restrictions or banning food products from Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and Romania. This recent development has opened a huge untapped market with numerous opportunities of export of food and agro products from Pakistan to Russia.

In his welcome address Director General TDAP Lahore Sher Afgan Khan said that the government is endeavouring all-out efforts to promote country’s trade. He said this activity is aimed at apprising the exporters with the new and existing export opportunities to the Russian markets. He further stated that TDAP would conduct series of seminars in near future to further disseminate the information to more stakeholders.

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Asad Hayauddin, briefed the participants about the market potential in Russia that is the biggest importer of citrus, second largest importer of dairy products, seventh largest importer of potatoes and third largest importer of meat. He said that Pak exports to Russia grew at 17 percent in the last three years. He further said that a business delegation of leading food exporters will visit Russian Federation in January 2015.

He hoped that this activity would help the participants in enhancing their knowledge orientation towards the Russian market. He further emphasised on improvement of quality of our agro products in order to gain access to this potential market. Dr Khalid Zafar from Plant Protection Department highlighted sanitary and phytosanitary requirements for export of agri products to Russia. Syed Hasan Raza of Meat Exporters and Processors Association made his presentation on potential of Pakistani Meat Processing Industry. Dr Afzaal Haider Rizvi of Potato Growers Society Okara highlighted the supply side of potatoes and the potential of potato export to Russia. Representatives of Pakistan Kissan Ettihad, Meat Exporters and Processors Association, Farmer Associates of Pakistan, Potato Growers Society, kinnow Growers/Exporters Association also participated in the seminar.

The participants were of the view that this new market opportunity will support the domestic production and over all export of agro and food products to Russia, however, there is a need to carry out co-ordinated efforts by all the stakeholders including federal and provincial departments to facilitate the growers as well as the exporters to gain benefit. The representatives of the farmers emphasised that their interests should not be compromised while formulating policies for enhancing the export of agro products.

Food Crisis, Agriculture, Food Crisis in Pakistan, Food, Dairy, Wheat, Rice, Crops, Food Insecurity, Sugarcane

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