New Delhi: The government today said it was negotiating with the US to increase market access for Indian tobacco in America.
“The USA has a tariff rate quota on tobacco which limits market access for Indian Flue Cured Virginia and Burley Tobacco to US. The government is pursuing the matter with USA at various trade forums for a solution,” Ministry of state for Commerce and Industry Jairam Ramesh said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
There is no proposal to enhance any incentive to tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh, he said.
Tobacco board extends its extension services, welfare measures and other benefits to all registered growers.
In a separate reply, the minister said sanctions for creation of 1,526 posts have been issued during the year.
Commissioners of different special economic zones (Sezs) had requisitioned additional staff for administrative and regulatory work, including personnel for excise and customs.
Replying to another question, he said the Cashew nut Export Promotion Council of India has signed an MoU with the cashew associations of Vietnam and Brazil for the formation of a World Cashew Association with the objective of increasing consumption of the nut and undertaking research and development.