COVID Impact on Lemons and Potato Expo Goes Virtual
**India’s farmers “will never allow” a U.S./India trade agreement, no matter how limited, if it opens the Indian dairy market to U.S. imports.
According to milkbusiness.com, India and the U.S. have been negotiating a trade deal since 2018 with dairy issues blocking final agreement. India's millions of dairy farmers make up a powerful voting bloc, and local politicians won’t cross them.
Indian dairy leaders worry imports will destroy the livelihood of 100 million people.
**Closures of restaurants and bars due to the pandemic brought “major hurt” to the lemon business, marketers say, and improved sales at grocery stores have only partially compensated for the losses.
Farmers and marketers say lemon sales to food-service customers have improved somewhat since dropping sharply in the spring, and shoppers have bought more lemons at retail.
But people in the lemon business say farmers have seen their incomes drop significantly.
**In light of on-going developments with COVID-19 and after thoughtful discussions among National Potato Council’s Executive Committee, supporting companies, and attendee survey feedback, the decision was made to hold Potato Expo 2021 as a Virtual Experience, exclusively online.
The show will take place January 5th through the 7th
The NPC says they believe the move is the safest approach for the well-being of our attendees, along with their families, farms and colleagues.
Registration is open now by visiting potato-expo.com