Vietnam lifted ban on import of Indian groundnut

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Who: Ban on import of Indian groundnut
What: Lifted by Vietnam
When: 1 February 2016

Vietnam on 1 February 2016 formally lifted the ban on import of Indian Groundnut. With the decision, India will be able to resume export after nine months.

The Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (MARD) formally communicated the decision to the Government of India stating that Plant Protection Department of Vietnam (PPD) will issue import permits for groundnuts for 18 January 2016.

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 Directorate of plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage, Faridabad.

Background

Vietnam had temporarily suspended import of groundnuts from India with effect from 6 April 2015 due to interceptions of quarantine pests in consignments of groundnuts exported since January 2015.

In order to resolve the problem, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) 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.