Russia Lifts Ban on 10 Egyptian Companies Exporting Citrus Fruits

Russia has lifted ban on ten Egyptian companies exporting citrus fruits to Moscow.

A statement issued on Friday by the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation refers that the recent Russian decision comes amidst efforts exerted by Egypt’s Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine to lift the ban on ten Egyptian companies exporting citrus fruits to Moscow.

The Egyptian Agriculture Export Council had commenced on the pivotal role played by the country’s Agriculture ministry to lift the Russian ban on the Egyptian citrus fruits exports.

The 2013/14 citrus annual report of US Department of Agriculture said Egypt has been facing the Mediterranean fruit fly, which is the main economic pest negatively affecting production and exports.

Accordingly, complaints have been raised by some importing countries such as Russia and Ukraine after detecting some shipments infected with fruit flies.

The Egyptian government is funding the “Fruit Fly Resistance Project” that aims to control the spread of this pest and administers other regulations that have been in place in order to control the quality of the exported fruit.

Despite the complaints and the Russian ban, Egypt’s orange exports registered 37 percent of the total agricultural crops in 2012/13, recording 16,000 tonnes turning out some EGP 41 million, the Egyptian Agricultural Export Council showed.