Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

India asks US to ease norms for domestic mangoes

- Press Trust of India letters@hindustant­imes.com

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.

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