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Inclement weather affects Indo-Tibet trade

November 12, 2007

Dehradun (PTI)November 8, 2007: The flourishing Indo-Tibet barter trade
has hit a roadblock, not political but inclement weather coupled with
heavy snowfall that has halved down the business.

The five-month-long trade, which ended in October, came down sharply to
Rs 54 lakh as against last year's figure of Rs 1 crore, officials in
Uttarakhand said.

They attributed the reason for the slump to bad weather which included
rain during August and September and heavy snowfall during the last
fortnight of October.

The trade, which began on June 1, got good response initially but the
volumes of business remained stagnant despite efforts from both sides to
boost business.

Officials at Gunji informed the Pithoragarh district authorities that
five-foot-thick snow enveloped along the Kalapani-Lipulekh route which
leads to the Taklakot Mart in Tibet in October which affected business.

Earlier, heavy rainfall during monsoon triggered landslides which in
turn also had slowed down trade.

"Only 297 trade passes were issued this year as against the quota of
550. Due to bad weather, traders did not participate in the business,"
said an official.

Indian traders are also seeking lifting of the ban on Chinese raw silk
and livestock which are in great demand in India. Following the growing
demand of Chinese silk, the government imposed a ban to protect the
interests of local silk traders in the country.

Traders are also demanding setting up quarantine facilities at Gunji to
fulfill the obligations of bringing livestock from China.

Reports from Taklakot said the trade in jaggery, wool, spices and
blankets was, however, good.

Indo-Tibet barter trade was resumed in 1992 after a gap of 30 years
following the Sino-India in 1962.

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