India lifts ban on farm imports from Vietnam
HCMC - India has agreed to remove a ban on imports of some agricultural products including pepper from Vietnam, according to the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA).
Nguyen Mai Oanh, vice president of VPA, told the Daily on Friday that having been informed by pepper exporters of suspended pepper export to India, VPA asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for help.
Last week, the ministry worked with the Indian Embassy in Hanoi to find solutions to this problem. The India side said it would cancel the suspension of agricultural goods imports from Vietnam, including pepper, coffee, cassava, cinnamon and dragon fruit.
In return, the ministry will have to revise Decision No. 558/QD-BNN-BVTV in a way that allows local traders to resume imports of groundnuts, cassia seeds, cocoa beans, haricot beans and tamarind from India. But these products may be barred from entering the country if they are found to be infected with harmful pests.
The decision came out on March 1 this year over fear of Caryedon serratus Olivier, a dangerous seed beetle, and will go into force 60 days after the date of issuance.
India retaliated by suspending farm imports from Vietnam from March 7. As a result, Vietnamese pepper exporters have not been able to ship the commodity to India, leading to price falls.