India uses WTO peace clause for higher rice sops

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News:India has invoked the peace clause of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for exceeding the ceiling on support it can offer farmers for rice for the marketing year 2018-2019.This is the first time any country has invoked this clause.

Facts:

  • Peace Clause:It is a mechanism which protects a developing country’s food procurement programmes against action from WTO members in case subsidy ceilings are breached (10% of the concerned crop’s value of production).
  • It is available to the developing nations till a ‘permanent solution’ is found by the WTO members to the issue of public stockholding for food security purposes.