Himachal Assembly: No information on smuggled apples reaching Indian markets, says Mahender Thakur

The state government has no information of smuggled apples reaching Indian markets from Turkey or Iran via Afghanistan, horticulture minister Mahender Thakur told the assembly. Himachal

The state government has no information of smuggled apples reaching Indian markets from Turkey or Iran via Afghanistan, Horticulture Minister Mahender Singh Thakur told the assembly on Thursday.

Responding to a question posed by CPMI Theog Legislator Rakesh Singha, the Minister said that India imports apples from Turkey and Iran as well as Italy, Chile, New Zealand, Brazil, United States and United Arab Emirates under Open General License (OGL) of the world. Trade Organization (WTO).

He said the state government has asked the central government to increase the import duty on apples from 50 percent to 100 percent to protect the interests of farmers in Himachal.

He tabled in the House photocopies of letters written to the Finance Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Finance and the Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Commerce. He said Article 16 of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) provides safeguards against smuggling of such products.

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