Ginger export to India resumes

Kathmandu, February 1

Ginger export to India — which was halted since the past few weeks — resumed from today after the Indian government showed ‘temporary’ flexibility in its previous decision to seek import licences from its traders.

Coincidentally, this hassle in ginger export to India has been resolved for the time being during a two-day visit to Nepal by Minister for Foreign Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj.

“Indian authority has temporarily become flexible in the import license provision that Indian government had made mandatory for its traders. With this, ginger export to India has resumed,” informed Ravi Shankar Saiju, spokesperson for Ministry of Commerce.

Authorities of the two governments had discussed addressing hassles in ginger export to India on Wednesday.

However, Saiju informed that this was only a temporary solution to export hassles faced in ginger and a permanent solution will be sought during Nepal-India Intergovernmental Committee meet scheduled for later this year.

According to him, Nepali farmers should export ginger to Indian market via Indian traders that have acquired import licence so that the problem can be solved permanently.

Meanwhile, the Indian authorities have also scheduled a meeting on Monday to discuss the hassles in export of Nepali ginger to India.