Rep. Josh Harder: Trade War With India Must End for Almond Industry
June 18, 2019
India is Top Export Destination for Almonds, Worth $650 Million Annually
Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after India imposed retaliatory tariffs up to 70 percent on American products, including almonds. Rep. Harder’s district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country, and India is the top export destination for the product.
“This trade war has to end. The president is shooting from the hip on his trade policy and it’s Central Valley almond farmers that are left holding the bag. India is our top export partner and we just can’t afford to take this hit. I’m going to continue pushing the administration and the USDA to stop this devastating cycle of retaliatory tariffs. We need to be supporting our farmers, not cutting off our markets and depressing our economy.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States exported over $650 million worth of almonds to India in 2018.