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Export of agricultural products from Kyrgyzstan depends upon quarantine labs – expert

June 3, 2014

Export of agricultural products from Kyrgyzstan depends upon quarantine laboratories, Andrey Orlinskiy, senior researcher at the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, said at FAO/EPPO workshop on commodity-associated phytosanitary risk, its analysis and management on June 3.

The tasks of the country's phytosanitary service is to ensure protection of its territory from plant pests and to ensure safety of international trade, export from Kyrgyzstan, he said.

"Kyrgyzstan has problems with laboratories. As far as I known your quarantine service lost its diagnostic laboratory in reorganization process, the laboratory was ceded to another organization. When plants and vegetables are exported, they should be accompanied with a phytosanitary certificate. The given certificate will be based upon analyses of laboratories. As far as I know you have a joint laboratory with Turkey. Use of this lab for phytosanitary analysis could be one of solutions," the researcher suggested.

It is important to establish analysis of phytosanitary risks for Kyrgyzstan. "These risks exist. Europe copes with the problem of fruit flies, which damage any fruits, it is a very serious pest. They are very dangerous for strawberries, plums, raspberry, apricots. You do not have it yet, but it is necessary to adopt measures to prevent its arrival. You need to check cargoes coming from the Western countries," he explained.

Besides, he talked about a Chinese bug, which damages ash wood. It was recently found in Russia and is moving to Eastern Europe now. There is timber beetle. "You need to protect your unique Tien Shan fir tree well. These are just few examples, there are lots of various difficulties," he added.

The workshop focuses specifically on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures and EPPO Standards concerning Pest Risk Analysis, commodity standards, phytosanitary certification, inspection and treatments.

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Source: AKIpress News Agency (Kyrgyz Republic)

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