Canoe cholla, a type of fruit native to India, has become a popular food source for Canadians as a result of the trade in the fruit from the north.
Canadian customs said it was an “economic necessity” to have canned cholla.
“Canadian food producers have found it very difficult to compete with imports of fruit from India,” the customs department said in a release.
“Therefore, Canada has taken steps to protect the economic viability of Canadian producers.”
The department said Canadian producers of cholla had been able to export it to other countries such as India for about four years and that it was one of the few products in Canada that was exported to other nations on a regular basis.
The Canadian government has been trying to reduce the use of imported fruits for several years, as it has in the past.
Last year, the government made a number of concessions on imports and exports in order to make it easier for Canada to sell more of its homegrown products.
The Canada-India free trade deal, which has been in effect since January 2017, allows Canada to import fruit from its neighbor, as well as goods and services produced there, without having to go through a lengthy approval process.
But it has also come under fire from some consumer groups, who argue that there is a growing concern about the increased availability of imported products, including canned fruit.
Canada’s Agriculture Department said that its efforts to reduce imports of chollies had resulted in a decrease in the use and quality of the product, which is used in food, medicine and cosmetics.
The agency said the current crop of cholls grown on the North American mainland is “far superior” to the chollys that have been exported.
“The current crop is far superior to the one grown in India, where we export our cholly varieties to India to meet a much higher demand,” the department said.
The department added that Canada’s export control regime is “one of the most robust in the world.”