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European Commission Lifts Ban on Import of Mangoes from India
Jan 28, 2015

The European Commission having paid due cognizance to the audit findings in its meeting in Brussels and decided to lift the ban on import of mangoes from India.

India has been exporting various fresh fruits and vegetables, prominent among them being mangoes, to countries of the European Union.
In May, 2014 a ban was imposed by the European Commission on imports of mangoes, bitter gourd, brinjal, snakegourd and taro leaves from India on grounds of interceptions of harmful organisms leading to fears on account of biosecurity of the region.

Steps Taken by India

  • The system of inspection and certification of fresh fruits and vegetables destined for the EU market was subjected to a complete overhaul.

  • The phytosanitary inspectors, exporters, pack house operators, etc were given intensive training by Ministry of Agriculture.

  • Senior officials visited pack houses located in all parts of the country to enforce necessary changes in infrastructure and in the procedures adopted for preparation of export consignments.

  • State Governments, APEDA, exporters and perishable cargo handling facilities at international airports provided full support to the initiative.

  • The Union Agriculture Ministry raised India’s concern over the ban with representatives from Germany, EU, the Netherlands and UK.

  • All deficiencies pointed out by the EU were removed by August, 2014.

  • An Audit Team of the EU visited India on Government’s invitation in September, 2014.

  • The EU auditors were briefed about the steps taken by India.

  • This technical Audit Team spent 10 days in the country to carry out a detailed evaluation of the entire phytosanitary control chain.

  • The audit report submitted by this team has recognized the significant improvements carried out in India in the phytosanitary control system.

  • This decision of the European Commission led to adverse impact on farmers and exporters in India. The Ministry of Agriculture therefore initiated purposeful steps to address the concern of farmers.


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