Farm Groups Urge USTR To Hold Firm Against India On Food Stockpiling

U.S. farm groups are calling on the Obama administration to stick to its guns in a stalemate with India at the World Trade Organization over agricultural subsidies, even as India signals it is standing firm in its resistance to a WTO trade facilitation deal until it can permanently shield its commodity stockpiling programs from litigation.
In a Sept. 23 interview with Inside U.S. Trade, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said that during a meeting in Geneva last week, he urged Indian Ambassador to the WTO Anjali Prasad to reconsider the position her government has taken on the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). But Stallman said he had no indication India would do so, and argued that this more broadly throws into doubt whether the WTO as an institution can negotiate new deals.


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