Brazil is open to find non-litigious solution over sugar dispute


New Delhi: Ahead of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to India, several farmers’ organisations have demanded that the government should push Brazil to withdraw against India’s sugar pricing policies at the World Trade Organisation.

Brazil has stated that it is open to find “non litigious solution” over the issue. However, this won’t affect the bilateral agreements over biofuel technology.

Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements (ICCFM) has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that Brazil’s objections to the Minimum Support Price of sugarcane will affect over 5 crore cane cultivators in the country.

Speaking with The Hindu on the dispute, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said, “We are ready for discussion and find out a satisfactory non-litigious solution to the issue that addresses our concern and India’s development”.

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