Russia has lifted ban on import of rice from Pakistan from 11 June 2021 based on implementation of DPP plant quarantine division phytosanitary guidance document in rice establishments under ministry of National food security n research. Mr Muhammad SOHAIL Shahzad director technical quarantine of DPP was negotiating with NPPO Russia for the last year for lifting of ban on import of Pakistani rice in Russia and provided Russia all requisite Technical information, assurances on Pakistan Plant Quarantine system, pest surveillance n control program in rice growing area n rice establishments.
Initially four rice establishments two from Karachi and one from lahore n one from chiniot have been approved by NPPO Russia for import of rice from Pakistan to Russia. The permission to others rice units shall be subject to virtual verification by plant quarantine division of DPP. The farmers and industry has praised and commended the efforts of Mr Fakhar Imam Federal Minister Mr Ghufram Memon, secretary Ministry food, Mr Allah Ditta Abid Director General Mr Muhammad Sohail Shahzad director technical quarantine and Mr Nasir Hameed Trade Minister Pak embassy Russia in taking up and pursuing this matter with Russian authorities.