The governors of the four regions demanded that the decree simplifying the import of GMO-containing soybeans into Russia be repealed.
In the document, the heads of regions saw the risks to public health, as well as to local producers.
The resolution was adopted on April 16 this year. According to the decree, genetically modified soybeans and meals, which are used for the manufacture of animal feed, are exempt from state registration until January 1, 2021.
It should be noted that until then, the authorities' efforts were aimed at tightening the circulation of GMOs. Thus, the presidential decree banned the import into Russia, as well as the cultivation of seeds of plants whose genetic program has been changed by methods of genetic engineering. To import GMO products, it was necessary to register them under a special procedure.
Now state registration is not required for import of soybeans and meal, if their safety is confirmed by Rosselkhoznadzor.
According to representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the cancellation of registration for these products is designed to support livestock producers and prevent an increase in the cost of their products.
Nevertheless, the agrarians are concerned about the decree. The initiative to suspend it came from the Sodruzhestvo group, the largest soybean processor. The company announced the risk of uncontrolled import of soybeans with GMOs into Russia.
Later the governors of Belgorod, Kursk and Lipetsk regions also addressed the Ministry of Agriculture with a similar request.
May 6, Head of Kursk region Roman Starovoit also sent an appeal to Acting Prime Minister Andrey Belousov.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, there are no significant grounds for cancellation or suspension of the ruling now.
It is known that the safety of GMO products will be confirmed by quality control from Rosselkhoznadzor.
The Ministry also notes that both the suspension and cancellation of the decree may create preconditions for the deficit of the feed base and endanger the stable operation of the Russian cattle breeding enterprises.
At the same time, this measure will open access to the market of products strategically important for the domestic agro-industrial complex to large American corporations that control production in Europe and Latin America. Overproduction of soybean meal may result in dumping by Latin American producers, which threatens Russian soybean projects and is detrimental to food security as well as the socio-economic situation of rural residents.
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Author: Daria Vankova