ISMA seeks inclusion of sugar in FTAs with neighbouring countries.

India Sugar Mills Association has, in a letter to the commerce ministry, sought inclusion of sugar in bilateral free-trade agreements with neighbouring countries as India would need to export the commodity from 2018-19 (Oct-Sep) onwards on expectations of higher output. The sugar body expects 2018-19 and 2019-20 to be surplus sugar years, as a result of which domestic prices of the sweetener may crash. Low sugar prices may also lead to the problem of higher cane arrears in the country. Commerce ministry had asked for our opinion on how to increase sugar exports as they are framing an agriculture exports policy. The sugar body has suggested the commerce ministry to include sugar in the bilateral free-trade agreement between India and Bangladesh. Bangladesh should also “be convinced to give preferential import duty for India sugar.