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India extends crop fumigation exemption until end-June - government sources
March 30, 2017 / 2:17 PM / 8 months ago

India extends crop fumigation exemption until end-June - government sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has extended an exemption for crop cargoes to be fumigated with methyl bromide, the gas once used as a pesticide but now banned in most parts of the world, at the country of export, government sources said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO - A worker spreads wheat crop for drying at a wholesale grain market in Chandigarh, India, April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

India’s plant quarantine authority last month said after March 31 New Delhi would only accept cargoes fumigated with methyl bromide at the country of origin, threatening to disrupt supplies of pulses from Canada and wheat from Europe and the Black Sea region.

Now, for the next three months, India would accept cargoes without being fumigated with methyl bromide at the country of origin, the sources said.

Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by Greg Mahlich

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