India asks European Commission to resolve issue surrounding Basmati rice exports to EU

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India News Network | July 7
New Delhi:
India has asked the European Commission to fix the issue surrounding the Maximum Residual Limit (MRL) of Tricyclazole, a fungicide used for the control of rice blast but it is not approved for use in the European Union. As a result of this, Basmati rice exports to the EU are affected.
This was raised during a virtual meeting between India’s Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Janusz Wojciechowski, Member of the European Commission on Wednesday.
During the meeting, the Member of the European Commission said that such issues are not under his mandate, however, he assured the Indian Minister to raise the issues with his concerned colleagues in the European Commission.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, all the required studies and documents have been submitted to the EU in May-2021 and MRL will be fixed by the second quarter of 2022 before next season.
Both dignitaries also discussed the EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and the recent India market reforms; EU Farm to Fork Strategy and UN Food System Summit and bilateral cooperation; G20 Agriculture Minister process and fixation of the Maximum Residue Limit of Tricyclazole in Indian Basmati Rice by the EU.
The Member of the European Commission, Agriculture explained in detail the recent reforms undertaken by the EU in the Common Agriculture Policy as well as the EU farm to fork strategy to make agriculture green as well as sustainable.
He also mentioned that the EU has set a target of bringing 25 percent of area in the EU under organic farming by 2030.
The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare explained the scenario of agriculture in India and the dominance of small farmers and the commitment of the Government of India towards welfare of farmers in India.
The Agriculture Minister highlighted the recent initiatives taken by the Government of India to increase the incomes of the farmers, the launch of Agriculture Infrastructure Fund with a corpus of Rs One Lakh Crore for development of farm gate and agriculture marketing infrastructure in rural areas, scheme of formation of 10000 FPOs to help small and marginal farmers in marketing of agricultural produce.
He enlisted the steps being taken by the Government of India to make agriculture sustainable and environment friendly which included encouragement of application of nano-urea and Organic Farming under the Pramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana.
He also highlighted the initiative of encouraging organic farming on either sides of Ganga River up to 5 km through formation of clusters wherein 11 lakh farmers have already enrolled.
The Agriculture Minister acknowledged India’s support to the UN Food Systems Summit and informed the EU delegation that he will be leading the India delegation to the Pre-Summit being organized from 26th to 28th July, 2021 virtually.
Both the dignitaries thanked each other for providing useful information on India-EU cooperation as well as Agriculture reforms in respective regions and also promised to work for the welfare of small & marginal farmers.

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