YEREVAN, March 4. / ARKA /. Artur Atoyan, head of the Union of Armenian Fish Breeders, argued today that the presidents of Russia and Armenia should together look into what should be done to remove the ban on imports of Armenian fish products to the Russian Federation.
Speaking at a news conference he said only one Armenian fish breeding company is allowed now to sell its produces in Russia, but it too was warned by Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor to eliminate some faults it ostensibly revealed in the Armenian company’s produces.
“I believe that this situation will be repeated continuously, regardless of the quality of our fish. I think that this issue should be resolved at the level of the presidents of the two countries," said Atoyan.
He complained of "arbitrariness of some Russian officials" who create obstacles for Armenian fish exporters.
He said if other Armenian fish breeding companies fail to eliminate the faults indicated by Rospotrebnadzor , they will lose the right to export their products to Russia for up to six months that would cause serious damage to exports. According to him, Armenia exports about 20 tons of fish per week to Russia.
In 2012 September Rospotrebnadzor had banned the import of fish products from Iceland and Armenia after revealing coliform bacteria in them.
According to the ministry of agriculture of Armenia, fish production last year grew by 2,800 metric tons 11,600 tons. -0-