A report in Friday’s Hindu notes a resolution passed by the legislature of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh urging the Government of India to increase the import duty on apples:
The Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted a private member’s resolution urging the Centre to hike the import duty on apples and bring it under “special category products” to protect the interests of farmers here who feel threatened by the recent flooding of imported apples in the Indian market.
There is a particular concern about the increase in apple imports from China:
Speaking on the resolution, Congress Legislature Party leader Vidya Stokes said the apple imports into the country have increased at a very fast rate since the removal of quantitative import restrictions. She said the apples come to India from the US, China, Chile, Australia and New Zealand. She alleged that the import of Chinese apples has increased from 16.4 per cent in 2003-04 to 38.4 per cent in 2009-10, a trend which will only increase in the coming years. She suggested that the government form a committee of experts and prepare a brief for the WTO negotiation committee.
Kaul Singh Thakur, who had moved the resolution, said the State should strongly represent the case and that Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma had assured him and other State leaders of considering the matter immediately.