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New Delhi | Monday, Dec 14 2015 IST
Different countries have imposed a ban on Indian imports like groundnuts, vegetables and chillies owing to presence of pests and pesticides above the maximum residue limits, the Lok Sabha was informed today. In a written reply, Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said, ''With some countries imposing a ban on the import of various agricultural products from India, the government is contemplating steps to exports of agro-products through measures and incentives under Plan schemes of the Commodity Boards and Export Promotion Councils.'' In this context, the government has unveiled the new Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 on April 1, 2015 with the view to promoting exports of all products including agriculture products, she added. The Minister said countries which have imposed the ban are Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and the European union. Saudi Arabia has imposed a ban on import of green chillies as they were reportedly detected with pesticides above the maximum residue limits. A delegation from Saudi Arabia visited labs and green chilies farms at Nashik and the outcome of the visit is awaited. ''Vietnam has banned groundnuts as they were found to be affected with living pests. The matter was taken up at the highest level and a Vietnamese delegation is visiting in December 2015 for onsite inspections, '' Ms Sitharaman informed. ''EU too has banned four vegetables found to be intercepted with harmful organisms (pests) such as thrips.The matter has been taken up with EU authorities through Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare which has requested the EU to lift the ban,'' she further added. UNI SY SB RAI1648

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