Russian producers received the right to supply wheat to Saudi Arabia, an official spokesman of the Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor told Russian state news agency. Rosselkhoznadzor received a formal confirmation from the competent authority of Saudi Arabia on softening of requirements to imported wheat. This is a good piece of news for our agricultural producers, the spokesman said.
Saudi Arabia was only buying barley in Russia before that. One of the main causes preventing export of Russian wheat to the Saudi market was requirements to complete absence of grain damaged by corn-bug in supplied wheat lots.
In April 2019, Russian specialists visited Saudi Arabia to check quality of the domestic wheat, with specimens supplied as early as at the turn of 2018 and having different degree of grain damages.
According to Russian regulator’s data, Saudi Arabia is the main importer of Russian barley – with exports to the Kingdom exceeding 2.7 mln tonnes according to results of the 2017-2018 agricultural year (from July 2017 to June 2018).