Canada accuses India over pulse exports; heres what India said
Canada on Wednesday expressed its deep concern and disappointment over with India’s regulatory and tariff decisions.
This is in wake of what Canada terms to be discriminatory treatment of India in a dispute over C$1.1 billion ($855.10 million) worth of Canadian pulse crop exports.
It may be mentioned that Canada normally ships much of the peas, lentils and other protein-rich pulse crops its farmers grow to India, where they are a staple of many diets.
But earlier this month, India announced a 50 percent tariff on dry pea imports from all countries, causing prices to fall in Canada, the world’s biggest exporter.
Canadian shipments to India have also been interrupted by India’s requirement that crops be fumigated for insects in the country of origin.
India normally gives Canada an exemption from the policy, as the country’s cold climate does not allow certain pests to survive, but that exemption expired on September 30.
New Delhi is committed to doubling Indian farmers’ incomes and reducing imports, a senior official with India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry told Reuters last week.>