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India, Brazil Agree To Resolve Sugar Related Trade Dispute At WTO

Updated: Sep 18, 2023 02:37:40pm

India, Brazil Agree To Resolve Sugar Related Trade Dispute At WTO

New Delhi, Sept 18 (KNN) India and Brazil have begun negotiations to resolve a sugar related trade dispute at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), reported ET.

Both the countries have mutually decided to do this as part of the solution and the South American nation may share ethanol production technology with New Delhi, an official said.


Brazil is the largest producer of sugarcane and ethanol in the world. It is also a leader in the technology used for ethanol production.

“Few rounds of talks have been held as part of our efforts to resolve the dispute. We have also held inter-ministerial meetings here. Brazil is saying that they will share with us technology for ethanol (production). It is a positive thing,” the official said.

Ethanol is used to blend with oil to power vehicles. Use of ethanol, extracted from sugarcane as well as broken rice and other agri produce, will help the world's third largest oil consumer and importing country cut its reliance on overseas shipments.

India currently is 85 per cent dependent on imports for meeting its oil needs. Also, it cuts carbon emissions. There is a target of 20 per cent ethanol blended petrol by 2025.

India would also have to offer something as part of the mutually agreed solution (MAS) to resolve the dispute at the Geneva-based multi-lateral body.  (KNN Bureau)


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