Kathmandu, August 25
Nepal and India have agreed to validate each other’s food laboratory report during import and export of food items.
During the fifth meeting of recently concluded Nepal-India Joint Commission, both the countries agreed to validate a number of food items, including fruits and vegetables, tested in the other’s country. With this agreement, now 24 Nepali food items will be tested at National Food and Feed Laboratory under the Food Safety and Standard Regulation 2011 of the Indian government. And those food items can be exported to India without requiring additional tests in India.
As per the agreement, Nepali juice, jam, jelly, pickle, candy, instant noodles, ice-cream, biscuit, milk powder, condensed milk, yogurt, meat, ginger, cardamom, tea, coffee, honey, fresh fruits, turmeric and fresh vegetables will now be allowed to cross Indian border with Nepal’s certification.
Ginger, cardamom, tea and coffee are the most exported items from Nepal to India. Meanwhile, the stakeholders have expressed hope that with the new agreement in place, Nepali cardamom and ginger will no longer be halted at the border citing quality issues.
Issuing a press statement today, Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) lauded the decision taken by both countries regarding validating each other’s food quality.
“The bilateral agreement between Nepal and India about validating food quality is expected to reduce hurdles in border checking and the trade deficit of the country,” reads the statement.
A version of this article appears in print on August 26, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.