DelhiDesk The Indian government has banned the import of apples priced below INR 50 per kg, providing a boost to domestic farmers. The ban was reportedly being sought by apple cultivators in the Kashmir region for some time. The directorate general of foreign trade confirmed that imports of apples costing less than INR 50 (CIF) will be prohibited, with a special exemption for Bhutan. In the April-February period of fiscal year 2022-23, apples worth $260.37m were imported into India, with the produce coming from countries including Turkey, Italy and Chile.
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👉 The Narendra Modi government banned the import of apples priced below Rs 50 per kg on May 8.
👉 This ban is expected to benefit farmers cultivating apples in the country, particularly those in Kashmir who were demanding the ban for a long time.
👉 The ban applies to apples with a price of less than Rs 50 (CIF), with a special exemption for Bhutan.
👉 In the fiscal year 2023, apples worth $ 260.37 million were imported into the country from countries like Turkey, Italy, and Chile.
👉 Earlier in the financial year 2021-22, apples worth $ 385.10 million were imported, causing domestic prices to be affected.
👉 In 2018, the central government lifted the ban on import of apples from ports and allowed their import from land borders as well.
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