READ MOREAn administrative rule of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture, published in their Official Gazette, changes local pest control legislation and introduces the possibility of pre-shipment and in-transit cold treatment in apples shipped from Brazil over a 40-day period.
According to the Secretariat of Agribusiness International Relations of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA), negotiations with India lasted several years and, in addition to MAPA, involved the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Brazilian producers.
Brazil already exported apples to India, but depended on that country's authorisation to apply methyl bromide at the destination.
This substance is potentially harmful to the environment and its use is restricted to certain situations.
The authorisation was renewed annually and brought uncertainty for exporters. ■