The recent devastation in Syria has had one less expected outcome far away on the shores of India.
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A cardamom war appears to be brewing. Producers in the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu claim that they face unfair competition from illegal imports of the spice from the world’s biggest exporter, which is – wait for it! – Guatemala, in Central America.
Cardamom smugglers are bringing the spice into northern India through Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, say the Tamil Nadu and Kerala producers. Now the producers have sent missives to the Indian ministries of trade and agriculture in defense of what they describe as a “heritage crop” of the nation.
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