A new ingredient has been added to the boiling pot, which is the relationship between India and Pakistan: basmati rice. The Government of Pakistan has vowed to oppose India’s request for long grain fragrant rice which will be recognized by the European Union as it is available in specific areas of the Indian subcontinent. Specially cultivated.
Since 2006, the European Union has imposed zero tariffs on imported rice in the bloc, which has been endorsed by Pakistani or Indian authorities as basmati. About two-thirds of the EU’s basmati imports come from India and the rest from its northern neighbor.
The application by the Indian government for its native product as a Geographical Indication (GI) poses a high level of threat to the government in Pakistan.
The Indian petition states that the specialty of basmati is produced and manufactured in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand as well as certain districts of western Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
GI status is used to mark a product for consumers because there are “features related to features, reputation or location of its origin”. In Europe, products such as Proma Ham, Champagne and Stelton Cheese have a status that allows producers in related areas to charge higher prices.
The price of Darjeeling tea has risen since 2011 when the Indian state of West Bengal was given the exclusive right to name its packets of leaves.
Giving full GI status to Indian basmati rice would be a hammer blow for Pakistani exporters. India’s request called for an emergency meeting of Pakistan’s trade secretary, chair of the country’s intellectual property organization, representatives of the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan and senior government legal advisers.
Abdul Razzaq Dawood, an adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, later said the request would be “strongly opposed”. A formal objection is expected before the EU deadline of December.
According to the European Commission, Pakistan’s exports to the European Union have more than doubled in the last three years, from 120,000 metric tons in 2017 to 300,000 metric tons in 2019.
India’s exports of basmati rice are shrinking due to the failure of its producers to meet EU strict standards on pesticide use.
The growing proportion of Indian basmati exports goes to Iran, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East. This trend wants to change New Delhi.
A spokesman for the European Commission said: “The Commission has published India’s application for registration of the name ‘Basmati’ as a proposed safe geographical indication. This publication gives stakeholders an opportunity to register their opposition for a period of three months.
This publication is not meant to be a Basmati entry, but a step in the standard procedure for registering a geographical indication. The final decision on registration is taken only after the completion of the opposition phase. This will respect the rights of all parties involved in the registration process.
If an opposition opinion is received from a party, the Commission shall ensure that it is scrutinized in accordance with the standing procedure, and shall ensure that the rights of all parties Be fully respected.
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