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Indian mangoes for China

India, the world's largest producer of mangoes, has become the first South Asian nation to export the fruit to China, the state media reported.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2003 02:15 IST

India, the world's largest producer of mangoes, has become the first South Asian nation to export the fruit to China, the state media reported on Tuesday.

This has become possible with the two governments signing the protocol of phytosanitary requirements for exporting mangoes from India to China as part of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ongoing visit of China.

Accordingly, India will ensure that the mangoes are free of pests and issue an official phytosanitary certificate for them , Xinhua News Agency reported.

India will carry out supervision and field inspections of the mangoes for export to China before and during the harvest season, in view of the concerns of the Chinese side. Prior to the export season, the relevant annual reports will be provided to China.

The picking and packing of mangoes for export to China will be subject to strict quarantine supervision. The mangoes will be imported via the cities of Beijing, Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai and Nanjing, the report said.

The protocol not only provided a passport for Indian mangoes into China, but also strengthened the protection of Chinese agricultural goods and reduced the risk of pest invasion, an official with the general administration of quality supervision, inspection and quarantine of China, Qi Xiuqin said.

The protocol took effect on the date signed, and will remain in force for one year, the first year serving as a trial period.

It will be automatically extended for an additional 12 months, provided that neither side gives notice to amend or terminate the agreement at least three months prior to the expiration date.

It will be automatically extended for an additional 12 months, provided that neither side gives notice to amend or terminate the agreement at least three months prior to the expiration date.

As part of the bilateral agreement between India and China on the latter's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Beijing had agreed to the import of 17 types of fruits and vegetables from India. The protocol on mangoes is the first agreement to be signed by the two countries under the WTO bilateral deal, official sources said.

First Published: Jun 24, 2003 09:03 IST