Riyadh:  Indian chilli has been banned in Saudi Arabia, the fifth-largest importer of fresh vegetables from India, citing the presence of high pesticide residues in it.    “We have been informed about the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to ban chilli pepper beginning May 30,” said Surinder Bhagat, second secretary of politics and commerce at the Indian Embassy.  “We are in touch with the Saudi authorities to resolve the issue,” he told PTI.  The Saudi Ministry of Agriculture decided to impose the ban after issuing an advisory to the Indian Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, stating that high levels of pesticide residues were detected in some consignments of green chilli.

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