Import of sensitive items up 11%

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New Delhi, Feb 12 (UNI) The import of sensitive items by India in April-December 2007 increased 11.1 per cent to Rs 20,589 crore as against Rs 18,532 crore during the same period last year. This, the government data released today said, constituted three per cent of the gross import of Rs 68,2088.

While imports of spices, marble and granite and milk and milk products declined, those of edible oil, fruits and vegetables (including nuts), food grains, cotton and silk, automobiles, small scale sector products, rubber, alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee increased during this period.

Edible oil import increased from Rs 7,929 to Rs 8,433 crore, mainly because of the 11 per cent rise in import of crude palm oil and its fractions, the data said.

Crude and refined oil's import went by 5.6 per cent and 13.1 per cent respectively.


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