Russian Watchdog to Check Grain Loading Points

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Russia will inspect grain loading at ports due to complaints from major buyers about falling crop standards, the head of agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency on Thursday.

The agriculture safety watchdog has been stepping up pressure on traders in recent weeks to pay more attention to the quality of grain in their supplies.

"We will check everybody, and everybody, everywhere, will be subject to the same conditions," Rosselkhoznadzor boss Sergei Dankvert said.

He said the watchdog will conduct checks in all regions, including in Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea, and in Primorsky in Russia's Far East.

Earlier, Rosselkhoznadzor said it might temporarily suspend operations at 30 inland grain loading points in Krasnodar and Rostov, two of Russia's top grain exporting regions.

(Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; editing by Polina Ivanova and Jason Neely)

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