Concerns on pesticides’ danger come to Saudi Arabia

The huge vegetables’ trade between Saudi Arabia and India has come to a crucial turning point: Saudi authorities threatened to take strong action in the near future if Indian producers and exporter companies do not respect pesticides limits. High levels of pesticide residues have been found indeed also in recent consignments, as declared by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda). Other Western Asia countries may follow Saudi Arabia example, impacting severely the Indian’s overall vegetables export. Though Riyadh’s authorities haven't specified the permissible limit of pesticide residue, it is usually understood the specifications by the European Union are applicable. Apeda has advised adherence to Saudi requirements, highlighting the importance for the Indian economy of trade bounds between India and Middle East importing countries.