13 Oct 2017 12:48

Rosselkhoznadzor plans to check Belarusian tomato, apple, mushroom producers on Oct 18

MOSCOW. Oct 13 (Interfax) - Specialists from Russia's agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor are planning to inspect Belarusian producers of tomatoes, apples and mushrooms.

Rosselkhoznadzor said that the date of the visit is currently being agreed upon with the Belarusian side, and has been tentatively set for October 18. The aim of the visit will be to compare production volumes with the volume of imports of these products to Russia.

The watchdog said that such comparisons were necessary due to "an analysis of data provided by the Belarusian side expressing doubts over the production figures of a number of firms which farm greenhouse tomatoes."

The regulator did not rule out the possibility that produce from embargoed countries could be imported into Russia while purporting to be from Belarus.