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India may move on fumigation issue

Pulse crops

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers says there has been a positive development in an ongoing market access issue with India.

India has posted draft amendments to a plant quarantine order that had previously threatened to derail exports to Canada’s top pulse market.

The document suggests India is willing to recognize and accept Canada’s systems approach to dealing with India’s concerns about a certain type of stem and bulb nematode.

“The document suggests implementing the systems approach for a two to three year period, and during this time the Indian government will monitor its effectiveness,” SPG said in a press release.

The draft document still includes a fumigation requirement, although with phosphine instead of methyl bromide. Pulse Canada has concerns about that requirement and is working with the Canadian government to pass those concerns along to Indian authorities.

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