Himachal wants duty hike on Chinese apple concentrateSeptember 6th, 2009 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Sep 6 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh wants higher import duty on apple juice concentrate from China, saying this was necessary to save the domestic industry.
Apple concentrate is used for fruit juices, nectars and drinks.
“We are facing tough competition from China, which is marketing the apple juice concentrate at much lower prices in the country,” Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta told reporters here Sunday.
According to him, China is selling the apple concentrate to Indian food and beverage companies at Rs.45-50 per kg whereas the concentrate produced by the state-run Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corp (HPMC) is sold at Rs.80 per kg.
“The cost of production of the concentrate here is Rs.70-75 per kilogram but the Chinese are selling it at Rs.45-50, which also includes the import duty,” he added.
Bragta said the import duty on Chinese juice concentrate should be increased to save the domestic apple fruit industry.
“The import duty should be increased to 75 percent from 37.5 percent,” he said, adding that “under the World Trade Organisation regime, anti-dumping duty up to 75 per cent could be imposed to protect the economic interests after designating the juice concentrate as a special product”.
HPMC procures the apples directly from farmers. In 2008-09, of the 21,400 tonnes procured, about 8,000 tonnes were processed.
It had produced over 721 tonnes of juice concentrate, of which 400 tonnes are lying unsold.
“Last year, Parle Agro was our major buyer, but this time there is hardly any bulk order,” an HPMC official said.
Other companies that buy the apple concentrate include Godrej Industries, Nestle and Mohan Meakin.
Himachal Pradesh is one of India’s major apple-producing regions, with more than 200,000 families engaged in the cultivation of the fruit.
The state produced 510,000 tonnes of apples in 2008-09, though less than the 593,000 tonnes produced in 2007-08.
The apple economy of the state is around Rs.1,500 crore and flourishes mainly in Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur and Chamba districts.
- Himachal to set up another apple juice concentrate plant - Dec 30, 2009
- Parle to buy apple concentrate from Himachal - Dec 17, 2010
- Himachal's fruit processing plant to be modernised - Jun 24, 2011
- Himachal wants import duty on apples hiked - Aug 03, 2011
- Himachal apple concentrate production hit - Oct 11, 2009
- Poor yield makes Himachal apple business fruitful - Sep 09, 2011
- FDI will ruin Himachal's apple industry: Minister - Sep 19, 2012
- Rail passengers will get Himachal apple juice - Aug 01, 2009
- Himachal to market rotten-apple manure - Oct 07, 2010
- Dhumal opens cold store, apple packing units - Jul 30, 2012
- Increase import duty on apple juice concentrate: Himachal - Jul 04, 2009
- Hail punctures hopes of Himachal apple growers - May 01, 2012
- Himachal seeks central package for fruit crop loss - Aug 04, 2011
- Two cold storages to be set up in Himachal - Mar 25, 2011
- Himachal seeks funds for apple post-harvesting facilities - May 08, 2012
Tags: anti dumping duty, apple fruit, apple juice concentrate, chinese apple, duty hike, economic interests, food and beverage, food and beverage companies, fruit industry, fruit juices, godrej industries, hpmc, import duty, indian food, kilogram, meakin, mohan, narender, nectars, world trade organisation