WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse attended Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent address to a joint session of Congress. Following the address, Rep. Kind is calling for Prime Minister Modi to take steps to remove barriers that have kept Wisconsin dairy exporters from being able to sell their products in India.
“I had the pleasure of listening as Prime Minister Modi, the Leader of the world's largest democracy, addressed a Joint Session of Congress. He reaffirmed our bonds of affection and strategic partnership. I hope that going forward we can continue to work together to level the playing field for workers and businesses, including opening Indian markets to Wisconsin dairy products” said Rep. Kind. “At a time when the US is facing a surplus of dairy products India, one of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing dairy markets, offers an untapped market for Wisconsin dairy producers to sell their goods in.”
For the past 13 years, India has imposed unwarranted sanitary and phytosanitary requirements on dairy imports, which have deprived Wisconsin’s thriving dairy industry access to India, one of the world’s largest and growing dairy markets. India must commit to science- and risk-based food safety regulations and procedures that are based on international standards.
Rep. Kind will continue to work with the United States Trade Representative and Tim Roemer, Former Ambassador to India, to look into ways to open the Indian markets to Wisconsin dairy producers.