SME Times News Bureau | 23 Jul, 2021
India’s agriculture exports during 2020-21 have
registered an increase of 17.37% as compared to exports during 2019-20, said Union
Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, in a written reply in the
Rajya Sabha on Friday.
To promote agricultural
exports, the Government has introduced a comprehensive Agriculture Export
Policy (AEP) to harness export potential of Indian agriculture and raise
farmers’ income, he said.
Department of Commerce
has taken several steps to implement AEP at State/ District level. State Level
Monitoring Committees (SLMCs), Nodal Agencies for agricultural exports and
Cluster Level Committees have been formed in a number of States and
State-specific Action Plans have been prepared. Country and product-specific
action plans have also been formulated to promote exports, he added.
A Farmer Connect Portal
has been set up for providing a platform for farmers, Farmer-Producer
Organizations (FPOs) and cooperatives to interact with exporters. Buyer-Seller
Meets (BSMs) have been organized in the clusters to provide export-market
through video-conferences, have been held with the Indian Missions abroad, to
assess and exploit export opportunities. Country specific BSMs, through Indian
Missions, have also been organized, he said.