The Nigerian Delegation comprising of Experts from Nigeria National Accreditation System (NiNAS), Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has completed familiarization visit to Russian Federation. During this visit, the delegation visited Federal Service for Veterinary and Phyto-sanitary Surveillance, different laboratories of the department and held official meetings with leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and representatives of the private sector such as United Grain Company, the major exporter of grain from Russian Federation.
The team visited Russian Testing Laboratory of Grain Quality and Safety Assurance located at Novorossiysk in the Southern part of Russia, where they have a commercial Sea Port. Also visited are the Testing Laboratory for Grain Quality and Safety Assurance in the Town of Ramenskoye in Moscow, All Russian Institute of Plant Quarantine in the village of Bykovo, and held a closing meeting at Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.
Nigeria imports wheat from the Russian Federation. As at 2019, Nigeria imported about 2.4m tons of grain products from different parts of the world. This visit will surely strengthen existing relationship between the two countries as we seek to partner in areas of quality infrastructure.
Such strategic partnership will translate into better trade relations and hopefully more trade between both countries because building confidence and trust in quality infrastructure system of each other will surely remove technical barriers to trade.
Nigerian Delegates received from the Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) the relevant policy documents relating to quality and safety standards adopted by Russian Federation.
Nigeria Delegation expressed the desire to collaborate with Russian Federation in areas of research, capacity building and training of laboratories experts in an exchange programme for purpose of knowledge sharing and the exchange of experience. Nigeria Delegation reminded the Russia team of the availability of export products from Nigeria such as ginger and sesame seeds. It is expected that there will be follow-up actions towards the implementation of key outcomes of the visit.