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Last Updated : Apr 04, 2019 01:44 PM IST | Source: PTI

India allows 100,000 tonnes of corn imports at lower duty

India, the world's seventh-biggest corn producer otherwise imposes a 60 percent import tax on the grain.


India has allowed poultry producers and starch manufacturers to import up to 100,000 tonnes of corn at a reduced duty of 15 percent, according to a government order on Thursday, to tide over a shortage triggered by pest infestations and dry weather.

However, the crop must be free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), according to the order.

India, the world's seventh-biggest corn producer otherwise imposes a 60 percent import tax on the grain.

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Stung by a sharp rise in local prices, poultry producers and starch manufacturers had asked the government to allow imports of half a million tonnes of corn at a reduced rate.

In 2016, India had allowed duty-free corn imports which totalled 181,000 tonnes.

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First Published on Apr 4, 2019 01:40 pm
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