"On behalf of the exporters, importers, wholesalers, retailers and above all the farmers in India and the consumers in the UK, I am humbly indebted to the politicians like Jon Ashworth, Keith Vaz, Seema Malhotra and Neena Gill for their support and advocacy" said Uday Dholakia, Chairman of the National Asian Business Association (NABA).
"Above all I remain very grateful to Lord de Mauley and Defra for their meaningful engagement with the business communities in the UK via several round table meetings and their dialogue with Indian and European regulators. The vote at EU Standing Committee yesterday was unanimous, a testimony of the support from the UK regulators"Dholakia said.
The EU decided to lift a seven-month-long ban on the import of mangoes from India yesterday after the world's biggest producer made significant improvements in plant health controls and certification system, clearing the way for them to return to the 28-member bloc by March.
The Experts from the UK Government's Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate worked with the Indian authorities to help them prepare for an EU audit of their export system, which led to the EU Plant health Standing Committee voting to lift restrictions much earlier than expected.
The UK voted in favour of lifting the ban, together with other member states. This means that imports of Alphonso mangoes and other varieties of the fruit grown in India will soon resume" said Uday.

NABA deals with regional business associations on issues related to legislations and government ties.

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