India can now export bananas and baby corn to Canada thanks to successful negotiations between an Indian agency and the Canadian government.
Officials said, “The negotiations between National Plant Protection Organisations of India and Canada on market access for Indian banana and baby corn resulted in Canadian market access for these commodities. Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Manoj Ahuja held a meeting with Canadian High Commissioner Cameron MacKay on April 7 wherein this was cleared.”
So, once the Canadian directive D-95-28 has been updated, Canada Ivan begin to export of fresh baby corn from India. Also, based on the information provided for fresh bananas by India, Canada has approved its entry with immediate effect. “This decision of the government of Canada would immensely benefit the Indian farmers growing these crops and would also enhance India’s export earnings,” an official said.
India is the largest producer of bananas in the world, accounting for over 25 per cent of global production.
Government data showed that fruits and vegetables exports were up by 12 per cent, touching $1,676 million in 2021-22 against $1,492 million in 2020-21. But for now, while Indian Alphonso mangoes are off to the US, the bananas are headed to Canada!