Starting June 1st the imports of Chinese apples and pears will be stopped as the centre has announced this. The Indian government has taken this stand as a few weeks ago a bug was found in a Chinese apple shipment.
To the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), The Indian National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) has written a letter mentioning that from China were carrying mealy bug and fungus (Pseudococcus comstocki and Fusarium oxysporum) from the beginning of this year. From January as per NPPO, even after issuing several warnings the scene has not changed and so forcing them to place this ban.
In this week The Indian government had released an official statement that bans from China to India all the apple and pear exports. India will be sending agriculture specialists after this ban to China to check on the farms and ports and it is expected by the experts.
The Chinese apple export season this ban will not have much impact on them as for now; it is coming to an end. As the Chinese apple export season is coming to an end the block will have little effect for the first few months.
As China is a huge supplier, so before the offset of the next season in September The Chinese exporters and Indian importers believe this problem will be sorted out. A letter has been sent to China by NPPO that a team will be sent to verify and visit the production fields/orchards, processing/packaging units of apples and pears and also review the phytosanitary measures in place.