New Delhi: Notwithstanding a ban on Indian dairy products in EU, Italy, a key member of the Union, is keen to import milk from the country.
“We are keen to import milk and dorum wheat from India,” Italy’s Minister of Agriculture Paolo De Castro said here after signing a pact with India for setting up five agro food parks and joint testing laboratories.
On Italy’s proposal, Sharad Pawar, union minister for agriculture who was also present on the occasion of the inking of the pact, said, “Italy has shown interest to import some commodities from India, the talks are in the process.”
“I would also urge that Italy may allow import of milk products from India as the EC team, which visited India to evaluate controls on veterinay medicinal products, was satisfied with the facilities in India,” Pawar said.
“We have, however, suggested to export marine products, dairy and poultry meat,” the Minister said. Pawar also brought to the visiting minister’s attention the problems faced by Indian exporters.
Despite the trade between the two countries growing at an impressive pace, India is still facing some problems with Italy, the Minister said. “The marine products exported from India continue to face rejection at Italian ports. The exporters of these products have complained that the inspection procedure, including testing and sampling methods are not in accordance with EC guidelines,” Pawar said.
“There were also complaints that authorities routinely reject the whole consignments even if a compartmentalised portion of the consignment is found defective,” he said.
Meanwhile, India plans to import food processing products, agri machineries and post-harvesting technologies from Italy, he said. India’s trade with Italy has gone up by 43% to $6.3 billion during 2006-07 compared to last year.