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. In a meeting held between Manoj Ahuja, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (DA&FW), Government of India and Cameron MacKay, Canadian High Commissioner on April 07, 2022, Canada informed that the export of fresh baby corn from India to Canada might begin from April 2022 after updation of directive D-95-28: Plant Protection Import and Domestic Movement Requirements for Corn and the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS).
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Further, based on the technical information provided for fresh bananas by India, Canada has approved, bananas for entry into Canada with immediate effect.
This decision of the Government of Canada would benefit the Indian farmers growing banana and baby corn crops and would also enhance India’s export earnings.