New Delhi: After lifting the 1 May ban on import of rice from India, Russia has said it would like to inspect Indian laboratories that test and certify the grain for safety and quality before it is exported.
Although Moscow lifted the ban, with effect from 20 July, shipments of rice had to be accompanied by an import quarantine permission and a safety and quality certificate issued by the Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research and Phytosanitary Certificate.
While it is the only Indian institution providing these certificates, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority has submitted a list of accredited laboratories that can issue safety and quality benchmarks for rice exports from India.
“A Russian team would be visiting India soon to inspect these laboratories to consider the admissibility of safety and quality certificates issued by them,” a commerce ministry official said.
The Russian Federation allowed rice imports from India after commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath held talks with his counterpart G. O. Gref in St Petersburg on 9-10 June. The two governments signed a Protocol on July 10 in Moscow