The US will also commence the export of cherries and Alfalfa hay to India from April

Indian mangoes and pomegranate will soon be available in the US.

The US, on the other hand, will get market access for its cherries and Alfalfa hay in India.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on Saturday, this is part of the framework agreement for implementing the 2 Vs 2 Agri market access issues which was signed by India's Department of Agriculture and Farmer’s welfare (DAC&FW) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The agreement provides for inspection/ oversight transfer for Indian mangoes & pomegranate and market access for pomegranate arils from India and market access for US cherries and U.S Alfalfa hay.

The pact was finalised pursuant to the 12th India-USA Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting held on November 23, 2021.

"Mango and pomegranate exports will start from Jan – Feb 2022 and pomegranate aril exports from Apr 2022. Exports of Alfalfa hay and cherries from USA will begin in Apr 2022," the ministry said.

In addition to this, based on the ministerial discussions, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) has also conveyed its readiness to provide market access for U.S pork. It has requested the US side to share a signed copy of the final sanitary certificate for finalizing the same.