Russia allows tomato imports from several Turkmen enterprises

Business 19 January 2022 20:02 (UTC +04:00)
Russia allows tomato imports from several Turkmen enterprises

BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 19

By Amina Nazarli - Trend:

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (Rosselkhoznadzor) has allowed three Turkmen enterprises to export tomatoes to Russia starting from January 19, Trend reports citing the Rosselkhoznadzor’s statement.

The decision was made based on the results of the phytosanitary monitoring of Turkmen enterprises growing tomatoes.

Two Akhal region enterprises and one Dashoguz enterprise will be able to export tomatoes to Russia.

Following the detection of the Tomato Brown rugose fruit Virus (ToBRFV) in tomatoes and peppers produced in Turkmenistan's Ashgabat, Mary, Akhal, and Dashoguz regions last April, Russia banned the imports of these vegetables from Turkmenistan. The permission for the export of tomatoes started to be granted since December 10, 2021 for 88 Turkmen enterprises producing tomatoes and peppers.

Turkmenistan bounced back by October of the same year, becoming one of four biggest suppliers of greenhouse tomatoes to Russia. The country exported 32,000 tons of greenhouse tomatoes to Russia in 8M2021, nearly twice as much (92 percent) as in 2020.

Greenhouse tomatoes have emerged as one of the country's most important exports. Turkmen private producers exported 51,314 tons of tomatoes worth more than $56 million in the first 11 months of 2021.

Turkmen tomatoes are primarily imported into Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and the UAE.