On the strains of import limits on pepper, the Centre has arrive to the assist of the coconut sector by positioning limits on the import of desiccated coconut powder.
According to a notification issued by the Commerce Ministry, desiccated coconut powder imports with CIF value of ₹150 and previously mentioned per kg is absolutely free, though shipments priced fewer are prohibited with effect from January 1.
The authorities choice comes on a ask for manufactured by the Coconut Enhancement Board to guard the domestic sector, which has been on the verge of closure mainly because of huge-scale imports of desiccated coconut powder.
Formal resources explained to BusinessLine that the authorities had sought the sights of the Board in the wake of unbridled imports, specifically from Sri Lanka, at really low prices on account of high domestic price ranges of uncooked coconuts.
Nil import responsibility
Desiccated coconut powder shipments in bulk quantities have been coming beneath SAFTA with nil import responsibility. The Sri Lankan powder in the domestic industry is pegged at all around ₹100 per kg, though the domestic price tag is hovering in the array of ₹120-a hundred thirty per kg. There was a time when India exported additional than five,000 tonnes and the pattern has now reversed.
There have been also experiences that desiccated coconut is currently being imported, disguised as animal feed, coconut oil cake and copra oil cake. It is applied in sweets, biscuits, confectionery, and curry etcetera.
India is a key producer of coconut globally and desiccated coconut has evolved as a key value-added solution, offering employment to additional than 1 lakh individuals. There are about a hundred and fifty units in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Desiccated coconut is the greatest sector just after coconut oil and it was in development trajectory until a short while ago adhering to the upgradation of the processing capabilities of factories.
Nevertheless, uncontrolled imports have put the domestic sector in dire straits.
There are also experiences that imported solutions are currently being combined with local brand names, which hurts the local makers and their solutions. The imports have also led to decline in domestic price ranges of uncooked coconut.