Australia today (16 November) announced that it is taking legal action against India at the WTO over sugar subsidies. It has alleged that India caused a ‘significant downturn’ in global prices of sugar and also disappointed Australian producers.

It claims that the subsidies that witnessed Indian sugar production leap from an average 20 million tonnes to 35 million tonnes in the current year far surpass the level of farmer assistance allowed under the WTO rules. The counter notification comes after Australia repetitively raised the matter with India directly.

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