The government said exports of mango and pomegranate from India to the US will start from January-February to boost the country’s outbound shipments of agriproducts. Exports of pomegranate aril to the US and imports of Alfalfa hay & cherries from US will also begin from April 2022.
India had not exported mangoes to the US for the last two years as inspectors from American agencies, who used to visit India to certify the produce, couldn’t travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They have not visited India in the summers of 2020 and 2021.
The commerce and industry ministry also said exports of pomegranate aril to the US and imports of Alfalfa hay and cherries from America would also begin from April this year. “Pursuant to the 12th India-USA trade policy forum meeting held on November 23, 2021, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have signed a framework agreement for implementing the 2 Vs 2 agri-market access issues,” the ministry said.
This access framework includes inspection and oversight transfer for Indian mangoes, pomegranate and pomegranate arils, and market access for US cherries and Alfalfa hay in India. “Mango and pomegranate exports will start from January-February 2022 and pomegranate aril from April,” the ministry said. Moreover, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has conveyed its readiness to provide market access for US pork.