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Mangoes for motorcycles

April 13, 2007
Filed under Features

Indian mangoes will hit U.S. shelves for the first time in 18 years, while Harley-Davidson motorcycles will soon be cruising India’s roads, senior Indian and U.S. officials said Friday.

The United States banned mango imports from India nearly two decades ago over concerns that Indian farmers used too many pesticides. Now, Indian farmers will irradiate the fruit to kill any pests instead, making the mangoes fit for consumption in the eyes of U.S. agriculture officials.

In return, the way has been cleared for H-D to enter the Indian market, which is one the world’s largest for motorcycles. The company’s entry had been hampered by stringent emissions standards and tariffs of more than 90 percent. While the Indian government has indicated it will accept Euro 3 emission standards, no agreement has been reached on tariffs.

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