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Export policy for agri products in offing, says commerce secy at RBSM
May 16, 2018

The Government of India is coming out with an export policy for agricultural and other related products. This was stated by Rita Teaotia at the second Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) for Export of Mangoes and Other Tropical Fruits, currently underway at the Lalit, Mumbai.
 
During her address at the two-day meet, which was organised under the aegis of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, she urged state governments to send their inputs to the Centre, as the draft export policy has been put in public domain already.
 
Teaotia also asked APEDA to explore the higher possibilities as to how the exports of agri products could be multiplied using the sea route. She opined that this channel would be cheaper and reduce the exporting cost for the exporters.
 
The commerce secretary elaborated that despite India growing multiple varieties of mangoes, their exports are confined to only two to three varieties. Therefore, APEDA should take initiatives to promote multiple varieties of mangoes, so that exports could be accelerated.
 
She added that India was the fruit basket of the world and provided a wide range of high-quality and tasty tropical fruits.  
 
Teaotia stated that India was the world’s largest producer of mangoes, which are called the king of fruits and hold pride of place in the country’s fruit basket. 
 
It accounts for about 41 per cent of total world production. The country grows nearly 1,000 varieties of mangoes across the country, and out of these, 11 commercial varieties are grown in over 10 states. With this strength, India exports mangoes to over 50 countries, and its exports reached 52,761 metric tonne in 2016-17.  
 
Teaotia highlighted that export of agri products has been the priority of the Government of India. APEDA, through the ministry of commerce and industry, has been instrumental in promoting quality agri products.
 
As per its mandate, APEDA has provided support for the required infrastructure across the country in terms of pack houses with post-harvest treatment facilities and centres for perishable cargo agro complex at major airports. 
    

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