FSA: Brown rot virus was not detected in local tomatoes
- 28 January 2021
Necessary measures are being continued to remove restrictions imposed on tomato products exported from the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Food Security Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan (FSA) told APA.
According to FSA, from January 8 to 15, 2021, the Food Security Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan received 17 notifications on the detection of the brown rot virus in tomato products exported to the Republic of Kazakhstan, and from January 16, 2021, a temporary restriction on the export of tomato products from our republic to this country was introduced.
It should be noted that 1,363.46 tons of tomatoes were exported from the Republic of Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan during 2020. During 2020 and at the beginning of this year, along with Kazakhstan, tomato products from our country were also exported to a number of countries, in particular to the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Moldova, Qatar, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Belarus, Georgia, however, countries importers have not recorded a single fact of detection of this virus.
In order to study the information received from farms, returned consignments, samples of tomato products were taken in domestic markets for the detection of brown rot viruses and other viruses. The research took place in the Central Phytosanitary Laboratory of the Azerbaijan Institute of Food Security and in the international accredited laboratory of the Central Research Institute of Ziraiya Mujadil of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Turkish Republic in Ankara.
It is reported that in the course of examinations carried out to date, no brown rot virus or other viruses have been detected in the seized samples. Currently, experts working in this area are continuing research, the results of which will be made public.
At the same time, according to the agreement reached, a package of documents was sent to the authorized body of the Republic of Kazakhstan regarding the results of the studies and examinations, proving that the indicated virus was not detected.
Currently, together with the relevant structures, negotiations are continuing in this direction with the relevant body of the Republic of Kazakhstan, based on the results of which additional information will be provided to the public.