Russia agreed to lift the restriction on tea trade with Sri Lanka on condition that all shipping containers were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected under the supervision of the National Plant Quarantine Service, prior to loading to ensure they did not contain plant matter or pest species, Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Russia Saman Weerasinghe said.
He said that during negotiations on Monday, the Sri Lankan side had said that certain conditions as confirmed with the Russian authorities would be fulfilled to facilitate future trade.
He said the Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the National Plant Quarantine Service for every shipment should specifically certify the inspection for and the absence of Khapra beetle, including its larval forms.
“The Sri Lanka Tea Board and the National Plant Quarantine Service will conduct regular inspections of warehouses and other sites in the supply chain to ensure that no pest species of concern to the Russian Federation become associated with any produce to be exported to Russia,” the ambassador said.
He said President Maithripala Sirisena’s letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin also had a positive effect in getting the restriction lifted. (Kelum Bandara)
ANTON Wednesday, 27 December 2017 06:55 AM
AS FAR AS THE ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY ARE CONCERNED , WE ARE IN VERY LOWER RANK.
Arnold Wednesday, 27 December 2017 07:53 AM
They should also clean the Tea Board of the old uneducated red-tape makers, and infuse some young blood who understands the present trends int he world market.
Unchikun Wednesday, 27 December 2017 08:12 AM
Does thus connote that the container where not cleaned until now. A very poor administration of our traditional export and life line. This is worse than the infamous bond sandal.
Sanju Wednesday, 27 December 2017 09:08 AM
They will harass us and make us grovel and force us to buy their asbestos over one tiny bug that probably never existed. Whom to tell ?
Hautaum Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:03 AM
It is likely political pest species and Anyhow, very good effort to lifted off ban on Tea.
sacre blieu Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:08 AM
This will end up as usual, with a another disaster where after the initial upsurge in their devotion to their duties, all such will die down with the short cut by bribing the officials responsible for a clean container. How does invasive species enter the country. Will the import containers also be carefully inspected against contamination.
Fumigation Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:18 AM
This is called FUMIGATION.
ceylon Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:31 AM
doing this business 100 years but just now learn this.even that also after punish by rusia.customer is the king.keep it in mind. via DM Android App
nick Wednesday, 27 December 2017 12:36 PM
some idiots said this is to do with asbasto seriously Russian is one of the biggest economy so for someone to say such thing they have to think we are in a oldern days via DM Android App
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