India's agriculture export to Bhutan down 40%

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For very long, chillies from Faklakata town in West Bengal was previously a key ingredient at conventional dishes in Bhutan. In July 2016, the Bhutanese government banned their import, because of high chemical content.

Notably, the ban was imposed after testing in a laboratory in Kolkata, which confirmed presence of pesticide residues beyond the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s limitations.

Bhutan has since lifted the ban. Nevertheless, to move towards a food that is healthy, Bhutan was more selective on meals products from India. In accordance with data through The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda), set alongside the first five months of the year that is financialApril-August) within the same period last year, India’s food export to Bhutan is down 40 per cent in volume and 15 per cent in value this season (13,139 tonnes, from 18,572 tonnes; Rs 113 crore, from Rs 131 crore.

While the European Union happens to be bans that are imposing Indian food services and products, therefore involve some in Asia. For example, Vietnam had banned import of groundnut.

“Bhutan happens to be after an insurance policy which aims to move towards healthy and food that is nutritious if you don't organic. Farmers into the foothills in Bhutan have actually started growing chillies as they are additionally sourcing it from other countries; they truly are moving towards self-sufficiency in food manufacturing,’’ said Arpita Mukherjee, professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.

India is Bhutan's trading partner that is largest. In 2016, bilateral trade was Rs 8,723 crore, with Rs 5,528 crore in import (82 per cent of Bhutan's total) and Rs 3,205 of export from there, about 90 per cent of Bhutan's total.

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