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File CaFE – Madhaiyaan Angamuthu: ‘Regardless of Covid-19, agricultural exports did effectively’

Dr M Angamuthu, Chairman of the Agricultural and Processed Meals Merchandise Export Improvement Authority (APEDA)

However challenges confronted by the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the globe, India’s agricultural and processed meals exports have seen a big improve as per the info out there for the primary 10 months of FY21. Dr M Angamuthu, the chairman of the Agricultural and Processed Meals Merchandise Export Improvement Authority (APEDA), which features underneath the Ministry of Commerce and Business, spoke to Sandip Das, agriculture and meals safety analyst, on the measures initiated to spice up India’s agri-exports. Excerpts:

There was a big bounce in India’s agricultural and processed meals exports, particularly within the final decade. What elements do you attribute to this?

Efforts made by the involved stakeholders within the agri-supply chain within the final decade have resulted in improve of exports from $7,343.98 million in April 2009-10 to $16,133.28 million in 2019-20. Within the first 10 months of the present fiscal, we achieved exports value $15,566 million—a rise of over 20% in comparison with identical interval in 2019-20. In rupee phrases, the agri-export realisation was Rs 1,157,82 crore throughout April-January 2020-21—greater than 25% in comparison with the earlier fiscal. The important thing elements for this are efforts made in the direction of strengthening backward linkage, organising of post-harvest infrastructure, strengthening of logistics infrastructure, and market promotion efforts for taking the agri-produce to world markets.

Throughout Covid-19 there have been challenges in transport commodities, and but exports elevated…

We took a number of measures when it comes to making certain security and hygiene on account of operational and well being challenges posed by Covid-19. Particularly the non-basmati rice and wheat exports throughout the first 10 months of present fiscal grew by 125% & 533%, respectively, in comparison with identical interval within the earlier fiscal.

India’s world share in agricultural and processed meals exports remains to be marginal…

The federal government had introduced the Agriculture Export Coverage in 2018 with the targets of accelerating exports, diversification of the export basket and locations, and inspiring high-value and value-added agricultural produce with a give attention to perishables. The thrust is on offering secure commerce coverage regime, growth of infrastructure together with logistics infrastructure, involvement of state governments, and organising of institutional mechanisms on the state stage to assist exports. The operational suggestions give attention to growing product clusters, selling value-added merchandise and substantial value-added natural merchandise, ability growth, advertising and promotion of name India, and so forth. The APEDA has taken many initiatives which have yielded leads to deputation of state nodal companies and nodal officers for 28 states. State-level monitoring committees have been arrange in 22 states. State governments have been facilitated for preparation of state agri-export plans, and these have been finalised by 16 states. A rustic-specific agri-export technique has been ready for 60 nations.

Which all companies you collaborated with to spice up export prospects?

The APEDA has signed MoUs with the NABARD, Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium, Nationwide Cooperative Improvement Company, Nationwide Cooperative Union of India and Tribal Cooperative Advertising and marketing Improvement Federation of India, for the creation of farmer producer organisations, farmer producer corporations, farmer cooperatives and self-help teams for facilitating export-oriented manufacturing. Efforts have additionally been made for having a synergy with the involved line ministries and organisations that present the fund assist for developmental actions for strengthening provide chain of agri exports.

As well as, throughout Covid-19, for proving a platform to importers and exporters, digital commerce truthful software program has been developed and is being applied. Export promotion boards have been arrange for 9 commodities (grapes, mango, pomegranate, banana, onion, rice and nutri cereals, dairy merchandise and floriculture). Indian agri export faces obstacles on account of tariff disadvantages. In-house research have been carried out and a report was ready on tariff disadvantages with importing nations, which is able to assist in addressing this concern.

Which all commodities noticed exports surge within the final decade?

Basmati and non-basmati rice, buffalo meat, groundnuts, miscellaneous preparations, cereal preparations, guar gum, processed fruits, juices and nuts, processed greens, recent grapes, recent greens and others are the commodities that noticed main development in exports.

Are steps being taken to make sure that Indian export shipments will not be rejected due to presence of upper ranges of pesticide traces?

Contemplating meals security and traceability are the necessities of importing nations, we had initiated implementation of a traceability system for recognized potential merchandise very long time in the past. The primary traceability system for grapes (grape.internet) was made in 2006-07 for export of grapes to the EU market. After its success, it was replicated to different merchandise. Until now, the traceability system has been applied for export of basmati rice (basmatirice.internet), meat merchandise (meat.internet), peanuts (peanut.internet) and natural merchandise (hint.internet). The traceability system for potential vegetables and fruit (horti.internet) is underneath implementation. On this system, a farmer registration module for various vegetables and fruit must be activated. Traceability programs for poultry, honey, banana and GI merchandise have additionally been initiated.

As well as, the work of APEDA-recognised laboratories has been up to date to 200 labs, which facilitates testing of pattern merchandise as per the requirement of importing nations. For additional growth of the labs, the APEDA has approached all state agricultural laboratories to go forward with NABL recognition and get recognised by the APEDA for export testing.

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