An Indian newspaper reports that the government is considering extending the permission for trading partners to have their shipments of pulses fumigated at Indian ports.
The Hindu Business Line today reported the extension would likely last a few months, not a year.
The story quotes an unnamed government official who said the agriculture department was in the final stage of making a decision following representation from several trade partners on the problems they would face if the new rule requiring fumigation with methyl bromide went into effect on the March 31 deadline.
The Hindu Business Line story also says the government is “working on alternatives to replace MBR fumigation,” but the process would have to be proven effective at killing the pests while being friendly to the environment.
Methyl Bromide damages the ozone layer in the atmosphere.
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