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SAWTEE researchers present their perspectives on the recent controversy regarding government`s policy, and subsequent repudiation, regarding mandatory pesticide residue testing on the imports of fruits and vegetables

Mr. Kshitiz Dahal and Ms. Dikshya Singh, researchers at SAWTEE, offered their perspective on the recent controversy regarding government`s policy, and subsequent repudiation regarding mandatory pesticide residue testing on the imports of fruits and vegetables through an opinion piece in The Himalayan Times. The essay, published on June 16, 2019, discusses challenges that could emerge from the decision, particularly in the context of inadequate infrastructure, lack of standards, and misalignment with the WTO agreement. It also offers practical solutions, both short term and long term, to ensure safety of imported fruits and vegetables without disrupting the trade.

The online version of the paper can be read at: https://thehimalayantimes.com/opinion/vegetable-imports-to-regulate-or-not-to-regulate/