New Delhi: Soon after lifting the ban on import of mangoes, the Indian government is expecting the European Commission to remove the ban on shipments of four more vegetables – bitter gourd, brinjal, snake gourd and taro.
Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told to media on Thursday that the government is hopeful that the ban on the four other vegetables will also be lifted soon. However, she did not mention any time limit for the same.
The decision on the same is expected to come only when an expert team of the European Commission's Food and Veterinary Office will come and check the storage and other facilities for these veggies and certify that basic standards of health and hygiene are being met.
She said that the same is expected to happen soon.
Lifting of the ban is expected to bring a good news to the exporters of these vegetables who have to look at other foreign shores and domestic market to sell their produce.
Reportedly, the ban on mangoes was imposed last year and was seen as a retaliatory action by the trading bloc to Indian food safety authority's decision to restrict shipment of some consignments of chocolates, wine and scotch as it did not meet the labeling requirements.