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US lawmakers intend to sue India in the WTO over Wheat Subsidies

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The top American lawmakers have urged the Joe Biden administration to file a complaint at the World Trade Organization against India for subsidizing its farmers by more than half the value of wheat production. US Wheat Associates, which has been lobbying the administration for such a move has welcomed the letters from members of Congress and the Senate.

According to a letter signed by 28 members of the US Congress the American commodity producers are operating at a clear disadvantage to their competitors, primarily from India, where the government is subsidizing more than half of the value of production for rice and wheat, instead of the 10% allowable under WTO rules.

“We request that you act quickly to reverse India’s trend of noncompliance with WTO domestic support requirements by initiating a dispute settlement case,” stated in the letter to US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Members of Congress wrote The United States has repeatedly pressed India at the World Trade Organization to reform its price support programme, but to no avail. Given India’s activity, we encourage you to begin the WTO litigation process by submitting a request for consultations,” they said.

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