Jan 14, 2022

Mann pushes for fair trade practices from India

Posted Jan 14, 2022 10:51 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — First District Congressman Tracey Mann, along with 27 colleagues, sent a letter to the Biden administration urging it to hold India accountable under the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, particularly regarding wheat and rice production.

The letter encourages United States Trade Rep. Katherine Tai and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to initiate the WTO litigation process.

 "This significant showing of bicameral support for the Administration to initiate a WTO case against India has been years in the making,” Betsy Ward, President & CEO of USA Rice, said. “If left unchecked, the Indian export market will continue to grow at an uncontrollable rate and threaten the viability of rice and wheat producers throughout the world.”

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) and 17 of his Senate colleagues sent a similar letter. The effort is supported by the National Association of Wheat Growers and USA Rice.

The legislators say that Indian policies cost U.S. wheat farmers more than $500 million annually, according to Justin Knopf, President of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. 

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