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EU may lift ban on Indian mangoes

EU may lift ban on Indian mangoes
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The European Union is likely to lift the ban on import of mangoes and other vegetables from India this month, according to a senior government official.

New Delhi: The European Union is likely to lift the ban on import of mangoes and other vegetables from India this month, according to a senior government official.

In April, the 28-member European Union had temporarily banned the import of Alphonso mangoes and four vegetables from India from May 1.

“Recently, the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) team visited here to inspect our pack houses and other facilities, hope they will soon lift the ban from import of mangoes and other vegetables,” Export Inspection Council of India Director SK Saxena told PTI.

The 28-member European Union in April temporarily banned the import of Alphonso mangoes, the king of fruits, and four vegetables – eggplant, the taro plant, bitter gourd and snake gourd –from India from May 1.

India has taken several measures, including enhancement of capacity and numbers of inspecting staff and improvement in infrastructure, implementation of a standard operating procedure to guarantee safe exports. In addition to that, the country has also routed all export consignments of perishables to EU through approved pack houses from April 1 to enable better inspection and certification.

In 2013-14, India exported mangoes worth Rs. 5,022 lakh (3,933 tonnes) as against Rs. 3,559 lakh in 2012-13 (3,890 tonnes).

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