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Vietnam lifts ban on import of Indian groundnut

02 February 2016

Vietnam has formally lifted a ban on import of Indian groundnut, thereby providing market access after nine months.

Accordingly Vietnam's Plant Protection Department of Vietnam (PPD) will issue import permits for groundnuts from 18 January 2016, the country's ministry of agriculture and rural development (MARD) communicated the decision to the Indian government.

The lifting of ban has come in the wake of visit of Vietnam delegation to India in December 2015. The delegation was satisfied after seeing fumigation facilities, export procedures and export certification system for export of groundnuts export from India, as per the Standard Operating Procedure developed by the Directorate of plant Protection, quarantine and storage, Faridabad.

Vietnam had temporarily suspended import of groundnuts from India from 6 April 2015 due to incidence of quarantine pests, including Caryedon serratus and Trogodrma granarium, in consignments of groundnuts exported since January 2015.

In order to resolve this problem, the ministry of agriculture had since forwarded technical information for finalizing the Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) of the groundnut bruchid (Caryedon serratus Olivier), detailed report on investigation and remedial measures taken along with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and action taken in the matter to Vietnam.

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