Bikky Khosla | 26 Jul, 2021
India's agriculture exports during
2020-21 have increased by over 17% as compared to exports during 2019-20,
according to latest data tabled in the Parliament. This data is encouraging. For
the previous 3 years, exports by the sector remained stagnant --$38.43 billion in 2017-18, $38.74
billion in 2018-19 and $35.16 billion 2019-20,
but in 2020-21, the amount increased to $41.25
A deeper look shows that exports of agriculture
products (excluding marine and plantation products) grew 28.36% to $29.81 billion in 2020-21. This indicates that we have
successfully taken advantage of the increased demand for staples during the
COVID-19 period. Healthy growth has been seen in exports of non-basmati
rice, wheat, millets, maize, oil meals, sugar,
raw cotton, fresh vegetables and vegetable oils, organic products, spices, etc.
It is notable that during 2020-21, exports have taken
place from several clusters for the first time, such as of fresh vegetables and
mangoes from Varanasi, black Rice from Chandauli, oranges from Nagpur, mango
from Lucknow, etc. Fresh horticulture produces were exported via multimodal
mode to Dubai, London, etc. Handholding by the Department also enabled North
East farmers to send their value-added products beyond the Indian borders. This
trend is encouraging.
Additionally, while exports to most of our traditional
markets like USA, China, UAE, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia have
registered healthy growth, we also have explored some new markets during the
year. Most notably, rice has been exported to countries like Timor-Leste,
Puerto Rico, Brazil, etc. for the first time. Similarly, wheat has been
exported to Yemen, Indonesia, Bhutan, etc. Such market diversification augurs
well for the sector.
I invite your opinions.