The Karnataka-based mostly All India Cashew Growers Affiliation (AICGA) has urged the Centre to put into practice minimum amount import selling price (MIP) on cashew kernels utilized in the models coming less than SEZs (specific economic zones) and EOUs (export-oriented models).
In a memorandum to the Key Minister, the president of AICGA, Nanya Achyutha Moodathaya, mentioned that the members of the association take pleasure in the measures taken by the Governing administration in defending the curiosity of the farmers and the marketplace by implementing MIP on cashew kernels, imposing 70 per cent responsibility on import of cashew kernels, and the like.
The memorandum mentioned the January 1 notification suspending the license to import shelled cashew was a welcome move that served the marketplace to revamp from the present disaster and the farmers had been also receiving the gain. “However, the DGFT has on February 14 2020 came up with a clarification less than reference earlier mentioned, producing MIP not relevant for models less than SEZ and EOU,” it mentioned.
The memorandum described that because of to low uncooked cashew rates and mechanized processing, the cashew kernel rates in other nations are much less than the price tag selling price in India. Nevertheless, because of to significant quality of nuts and processing in India, Indian cashew kernels take pleasure in a high quality selling price in both of those domestic and overseas market.
“When SEZ/EOU are authorized to import cashew kernels at much less than MIP, the low quality / low priced cashew kernels (specially ‘brokens’) so imported are currently being offered in the domestic market less than the pretext of task operates and substituted with ‘wholes’ kernels to fulfil the export obligations,” it mentioned.
This lowers the kernel rates in India. Even when low priced cashew kernels are re-exported from SEZ/EOU as ‘Indian Cashew’, the domestic processing models that are not able to contend with them are afflicted and hence compelled to reduced the uncooked cashew rates they get from farmers to contend with SEZ/EOU models in the worldwide market. This reduces the farmers income considerably, it mentioned.
When the farmers are delighted with the endeavours and determination of the Governing administration to double the income of farmers, this kind of conclusions of DGFT will drag them into financial debt pits, it mentioned, and asked for the Key Minister to direct DGFT to withdraw the earlier mentioned notification.
The association memorandum mentioned that the DGFT need to location the import of all styles of processed and semi-processed cashew kernels less than the ‘prohibited’ listing as a everlasting measure to guard the curiosity of cashew farmers in India.
It also asked for the Key Minister to improve the import responsibility on uncooked cashew nuts. This will aid cashew farmers to accrue more gain, the memorandum mentioned.