Bikky Khosla | 19 Jul, 2022
Exports of agricultural and processed
food products from the country rose by 14 percent in the April-June period of
the current financial year, according to official data released last week. Exports
of these product categories -which fall under the ambit of APEDA and do not
include tea, coffee, spices, cotton and marine products- reached $5987 million
in the first three months of FY 2022-23 against $5256 million over the same
period of the last fiscal.
This latest data set sounds
encouraging, particularly in the background of the huge potential India has in
this sector and also the ongoing efforts of the government to encourage exports
of agricultural and processed food from different states of the country. In
such an example, APEDA organised 136 capacity building programmes on export
awareness across the north-eastern region in the last three years. No doubt, such
efforts are fetching results, gradually.
According to a report, Assam – one of
the eight states in the NE region - saw 80 percent growth
in exports of agriculture products in the last six years. Last week, 600 KGs of
lemon were exported to London from the state, as a part of an export commitment
for about 80 tonnes of the fruit over the next two months. These are small but
incremental steps, and considering the geographic proximity of the NE region
with Southeast Asian countries, this trend is promising.
At an exporter outreach programme recently organised by
APEDA, in Amravati (Maharashtra), a Union Minister
rightly said that the Vidarbha region has huge potential to export fruits and
vegetables, adding that exports of Indian mandarin have doubled in the last two
years. Similar initiatives are being taken up in several other parts of the
country and such efforts augur well for the agriculture sector of the country.
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