The complete pepper trade has voiced their concern over the slippage of duty totally free imported pepper into the domestic market place, notably for the reason that of the existence of Salmonella microorganisms as very well as pesticide residues.
The import figures in February displays that a complete of 1243 tonnes have been imported for re-exports. Of this, 440 tonnes are from Brazil, Vietnam (659 tonnes), Sri Lanka (70 tonnes), Ecuador (73 tonnes). Nevertheless, imports for domestic use at MIP stood at 38 tonnes. Significant importers are from Delhi and Mumbai, claimed Kishore Shamji of Kishor Spices.
Because it is claimed that DGFT has issued license to import pepper from Sri Lanka, it is offering completely wrong indicators that for all those licenses MIP is not applicable, though the coverage stays unchanged as much as MIP is anxious. In accordance to Shamji, farmers are carefully looking at and their primary concern is the slippage of Brazilian pepper into the domestic market place. Bolder berries of Vietnam pepper are also claimed to be slipping into the domestic market place, he claimed.
Traders are anxious that there could be a confusion amid finish-customers in the domestic market place if the FSSAI detects the existence of microorganisms in the Brazilian commodity.
In the meantime, the pepper market place in Kochi remained constant without any variations in rates which was quoting Rs299 for ungarbled varieties. The off-take was 12 tonnes.