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India’s Sugarcane Subsidy and WTO Norms



  May 09, 2024

India’s Sugarcane Subsidy and WTO Norms



In the world of global trade, there are rules set by World Trade Organization (WTO), which helps countries trade fairly with each other. One of these rules involves how much a country can help its own industries, like farming, by giving subsidies. A subsidy is like a special financial support that helps industries grow by making costs lower for the producers.

Recently, the United States and Australia have raised concerns about India giving too much subsidy to its sugarcane farmers. They mentioned this in a report to a committee of the WTO that looks after agriculture. According to their findings, India has been giving its sugarcane industry more money than what the WTO rules allow. The rule says that a country should not give a subsidy that is more than 10% of the total value produced by that sector. However, the data of US shows that India's subsidy was much more  of the value of its sugarcane production for four years from 2018 to 2022.

This is important because when one country gives a lot of subsidies, it can make the prices of products like sugar cheaper than in other countries. This can lead to unfair competition and affect farmers in other countries who do not get such high subsidies.

To determine these subsidy levels, the WTO uses specific ways of calculating, and they had a disagreement with India about how this should be done. India argued that the method used by the WTO was not correct, but the U.S. and Australia believe that the high level of subsidies can disrupt the sugar market globally.India points to their own policies that over-subsidise their farmers and their exports.

This disagreement led to a lot of discussions and even legal arguments in the WTO, showing how complex and important these rules are for ensuring fair play in international trade.



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