European Union lifts ban on import of certain Indian vegetables

The restriction was imposed in May 2014 on certain Indian vegetables and Mangoes amid contamination concerns. The decision had led to an adverse impact on farmers and exporters in India

European Union lifts ban on import of certain Indian vegetables

The European Union (EU) has lifted a long-term import ban on some Indian vegetables including eggplant, taro plant, bitter and snake gourd, but will still be closely monitoring imports into member states, Cochin International Airport Limited announced on Tuesday.

The restriction was imposed in May 2014 on certain Indian vegetables and Mangoes amid contamination concerns. The decision had led to an adverse impact on farmers and exporters in India.


However, the ban on mango was lifted much earlier than expected following a large-scale campaign by India’s mango sector and U.K. importers who supply the ethnic markets in Britain. The European Commission after conducting field surveys and audit in its meeting in Brussels in January last year had decided to lift the ban on import of mangoes from India.

The statement quoted the Indian agricultural ministry’s assistant director RS Arora, who said the Centre had received a notification from the European Union about relaxing restrictions on vegetable imports.

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman had taken up the issue with European Union officials and had also discussed with various European nations, including the United Kingdom.



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