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Nepal Mandates Indian Fruit & Vegetable Pesticide Examination
By making Nepal's pesticide examination of Indian fruits and vegetables compulsory, there is a loss of about 10-11 thousand tonnes per week. Approximately 1,500 to 1,600 tonnes of new fruits and vegetables are sent daily from India to Nepal.
Nepal imports about six lakh tonnes of fruits and vegetables annually from India, with the addition of heavy exports of seasonal fruits and vegetables, according to APIDA. Besides this, Nepal annually imports about 1.20 to 1.30 lakh tonnes of onion from India. The Nepal government issued compulsory health certificates for fruits and vegetables from India from the Food and Agriculture Organization in Kathmandu, which impacted exports throughout the week.
INDIA will only be able to ship those vegetables and fruits to Nepal, which will be given the green flag in the laboratory test. In perspective of concerns about having chemicals in fruits and vegetables, the Nepal government has taken these precautions. In the financial year 2018-19, Nepal imported a total of 22.02.052.91 tonnes of agricultural products from India, of which the share of fruit and vegetables was 6.03 lakh tonnes.
Source: Outlook Agriculture, June 29, 2019
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