Being on a working visit to Germany, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Maxim Uvaidov partook in the events of the world’s leading trade fair for organic goods BIOFACH 2020.
In particular, at the panel discussion “Development of Organic Agriculture in Russia”, organized within the APD (German-Russian AgriPolitical Dialogue) cooperation project, he delivered a speech emphasizing that the Russian Organic Act establishing the compliancy standards for production and labeling of domestic organic agriproducts, which is also aimed at eliminating those notorious “mala fide marketing practices”, has been reinforced since January 1, 2020.
“In the future, we’d like our foreign consumers to trust the domestic organic brand as much as they trust the GREENLEAF label today. This would be the first step towards mutual acknowledgement of such products, which should greatly facilitate the promotion of Russian products onto foreign markets”, Uvaidov explicates. He believes that domestic organic products still hold great export potential. According to some responsible industrial associations, over two recent decades, the global organic market has grown more than 5-fold amounting to almost €90 billion per year. Such a steady growing demand conceives really far-reaching conditions for increasing Russian organic exports.
Next thing, Maxim Uvaidov held several working meetings with the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) management, officers of the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Russian Natura Siberica business executives and other participants in the event.