Moscow: Russia has lifted the ban imposed on Indian rice on 5 June 2007, and has started issuing quarantine import certificates from 20 July.
On 5 June, Russia’s phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor had imposed a total ban on rice imports from India after it found pesticides and other impurities in several consignments.
The ban was lifted after the commerce secretary, G K Pillai, during his Moscow visit earlier this month, held parleys with agriculture ministry officials here and assured them of tightening control on the Indian end, sources said.
He had also invited Russian experts to visit India at the time of rice harvest to ally concerns about alleged health hazards posed by rice grown in the country.
Moscow had claimed that last year up to 12% rice imported from India did not meet the Russian phytosanitary norms.
For similar reasons, Russia had banned import of rice from Pakistan, which has not been lifted so far.