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GCMMF Declines APEDA Export Award

Anand, Gujarat, India

For the last 10 years, the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), the apex marketing body of 2.5 million farmers and India's largest food products marketing organization, has been receiving the Annual Export Award of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India, for excellent export performance. This year too, GCMMF has been nominated to receive the award at a function to be held at New Delhi on April 4, 2007, at the hands of the Hon'ble Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Kamal Nath.

However, since the government has banned exports of all kinds of milk powders, GCMMF has declined to accept the award.

In a letter addressed to Shri K. S. Money, Chairman, APEDA, Shri B. M. Vyas, Managing Director, GCMMF has stated that, "As you are aware, the Government of India has banned exports of all kinds of milk powders, and they have even not allowed transitional arrangements of exports under para 1.5 of Foreign Trade Policy which has resulted into tarnishing of our brand image. We feel very upset, as we could not keep our promises for supply of products under Letter Of Credit and against advance payment already received by us before the announcement of ban. Further the ban is applied on branded consumer pack products (less than 5 kgs.), and is extended to the territories like Nepal where the transaction does not involve foreign exchange (and is not treated as exports for any benefits)."

Shri Vyas has further stated that it was disheartening to note that the Government of India took such a decision without considering the opinion of the exporting fraternity and without understanding the complete market dynamics and ultimate impact on future of millions of milk producers. "We feel very sorry as the authority has not listened or replied to the representation made by APEDA and us", he added.

Shri Vyas has concluded, "In the light of the above facts it would not be prudent on our part to accept the award being given for our export performance for the year 2005-06."

R. S Sodhi, Chief General Manager, Amul, +91 98240 11058 sodhi@amul.coop

Source: Amul (Business Wire India)

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