Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)
India asks US to ease norms for domestic mangoes
India has asked the US to relax certain norms related to irradiation to get better access for homegrown mangoes in the American markets, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
Several other agri and nonagri products face non-tax barriers in the US markets.
The phyto-sanitary (related with plants) norms imposed by the US for mangoes from India requires irradiation treatment and inspection prior to shipment. “This time consuming and costly process of certification makes Indian mangoes less competitive in the US market,” commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
India has also sought the option of irradiation at source or upon arrival in the US to provide flexibility for Indian exporters, she said.
Besides, the country has proposed that the US should allow the National Plant Protection Organisation to carry out the pre-shipment inspection.