MOSCOW, September 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia may authorize the deliveries of dairy and meat products from India by December, the press secretary of agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
"We have reached an agreement according to which within a month an inspection will be carried out at Indian production facilities that are ready to supply meat and dairy products, including milk, butter and cheese, to Russia. Another month will be needed for the approval of certificates. It means that deliveries may start in two months, by December," Yulia Trofimova said.
Rosselkhoznadzor also considers adding more Indian producers to the list of fish and seafood suppliers.
"We will consider a number of producers and, once we are sure they are reliable, we will start cooperation," she added. "It is the quality of goods that is most important to us …."
The agreement was reached during talks between head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and India's Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority chairman Santosh Kumar Sarangi.
Currently, only eggs, fish and seafood are among foodstuffs delivered from India to Russia. According to Sarangi, India delivers more than $5 billion worth of seafood globally. It is also one of the world's largest meat suppliers, delivering meat to 65 countries, with $4.8 billion worth of meat delivered in 2013.