Bhutan worried as India imposes sugar export restriction

Industries in Bhutan are in dilemma as they claim that there is no clarity whether India’s restriction on sugar export applies to Bhutan or not, reports National Thailand.

There are around nine beverages, food, and agro establishments and breweries in Bhutan that require sugar as the primary raw material. The monthly requirement of these industries is more than 800 metric tonnes (MT) of sugar.

Around 1200 employees work in these sectors and according to the officials if the restrictions apply to Bhutan then these industries may be impacted.

There are no clear indications in the notifications issued by the Indian government, said Jamyang Choda, the chief executive officer of the beverage company Big Cola in Samtse.

“Notification about the restriction is not clear and if there is no supply of sugar then our operations may be hit,” he further added.

“Sugar is one of the important raw materials for us and if its import is halted then we have to shut operations. We need about 150 metric tonnes (MT) of sugar per month and we cannot stock it as it blocks capital,” said an official with the Tashi Beverages in Phuentsholing.


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