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Farm exports up 23% despite Covid crisis

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 19, 2020
URL:   https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/farm-exports-up-23-despite-covid-crisis/articleshow/77624426.cms

Sustaining the global food supply chain amid Covid-19 situation, India’s export of agricultural commodities during March-June period increased by 23% compared to corresponding period last year.
In value terms, the exports of agri commodities during March-June were Rs 25,552 crore against an export of Rs 20,734 crore during the same period in 2019. The increase is attributed primarily to export of wheat, Bengal gram, groundnut oil and tur (pigeon peas).

In 2019-20, India exported agricultural & allied products worth Rs 2.52 lakh crore against imports of Rs 1.47 lakh crore.

Sharing the country's farm export figures for the period hit by the pandemic, agriculture ministry on Tuesday said, “Even during the difficult time of pandemic lockdown, India took care not to disturb the world food supply chain and continued to export.”

The ministry also flagged its comprehensive plan to promote agri trade and referred to recently created product specific export promotion forums (EPF) which, it said, would “lead agri exports to new heights”.

The ministry in its plan has emphasised on strengthening the existing 'agri-clusters' and creating more product-specific clusters to fulfil the gap of bulk quantity and quality of supplies. “A time bound action plan has also been prepared for import substitution with particular focus upon edible oils, cashew, fruits and spices thereby making India self-reliant,” it said.
The EPFs for eight agri & allied products - grapes, mango, banana, onion, rice, nutri-cereals (coarse grains), pomegranate and floriculture - have been constituted under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) as per the agriculture ministry’s plan to promote farm trade.

Each EPF will have exporters of the related commodity as its members along with official members representing concerned ministries of the central and state governments. Chairman APEDA will be the chairman of each of these forums which will constantly monitor and identify/anticipate developments in the external/internal situation pertaining to the production and export of their respective commodity and recommend/intervene for taking the necessary policy/ administrative measures.

“They will be actively in touch with the producers, exporters and other relevant stakeholders of respective commodities and hear their problems, and facilitate, support and provide solutions to them. They will regularly study the market for respective commodities on a global basis, and identify opportunities and developments/implications for domestic entities, and disseminate the same expeditiously to domestic producers and exporters,” said the ministry in a statement.

 

 
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