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Indian apple imports increased from 122.000 to 300.000 tonIndian MP Virender Kashyap’s report to Union Commerce Minister, Saursh Prabhu, on how India’s apple imports have increased from 122,265 tonnes to 300,000 tonnes in the last five years, was accompanied by a plea to increase the import duty on apples at a WTO bound rate of 50%. India largely imports apples from USA, Australia, New Zealand and China.
Kashyap said that this import growth has adversely impacted domestic apple growers due to intensified competition. This resulted in falling of apple prices and subsequent losses to the apple growers of Himachal Pradesh. The MP demanded that the Himachal apple be included in the Special Product category.
According to himvani.com, the apple is the mainstay of more than 160,000 families in the state, being cultivated in 9 out of the 12 districts of the state. The apple economy impacts around 85% of the total farming community in the state.
He urged the Minister to increase infrastructural facilities, cold storage, food processing facilities and better marketing facilities.
Publication date: 2/7/2018
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