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Agri Export: Govt includes farm produce in ‘District as Export Hub’ initiative in 733 districts

The Government is also in the process to utilise the proposed District as Export Hub initiative (DEH) to achieve the objectives of the Agriculture Export Policy
Agri Export: Govt includes farm produce in ‘District as Export Hub’ initiative in 733 districts
Agri Export: Govt includes farm produce in ‘District as Export Hub’ initiative in 733 districts (Representational image: Shutterstock)

Under the District as Export Hub (DEH) initiative, agricultural products with export potential have been identified in all 733 districts across the country, Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry said today in reply to a parliamentary question.

In order to boost agricultural exports, the Government introduced a comprehensive Agriculture Export Policy in 2018, with the objective to diversify India’s export basket, destinations and boost high-value and value-added agricultural exports including focus on perishables; to promote novel, indigenous, organic, ethnic, traditional and non-traditional agri products exports; to provide an institutional mechanism for pursuing market access, tackling barriers and deal with sanitary and phytosanitary issues; to strive to double India’s share in the global agri exports by integrating with global value chain at the earliest and to enable farmers to get the benefit of export opportunities in overseas market, the minister further informed the parliament.

The Government has taken several steps at state and district levels to promote agricultural exports. State-specific action plans have been prepared and State Level Monitoring Committees (SLMCs), Nodal Agencies for agricultural exports and cluster-level committees have been formed in a number of states, Patel further said.

Country and product-specific action plans have also been formulated to promote agri exports. The Government is also in the process to utilise the proposed District as Export Hub initiative (DEH) to achieve the objectives of the Agriculture Export Policy. Under the DEH initiative, agricultural products with export potential have been identified in all 733 districts across the country. State Export Strategy has been prepared in 28 states and union territories, she informed the parliament.

The Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an autonomous organisation under the administrative control of the Department of Commerce, Government of India, has the mandate to promote exports of agricultural and processed food products. APEDA has been providing assistance to the exporters under various components of its Export Promotion Scheme.

The Department of Commerce provides financial assistance to promote exports, including exports of agricultural products through the Market Access Initiatives (MAI) scheme, Export Promotion Schemes of APEDA and Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA).

Further, a Farmer Connect Portal has been developed for providing a platform for farmers, farmer-producer organisations (FPOs) and cooperatives to interact with exporters. Buyer-seller meets (BSMs) have been organised in the clusters to provide export-market linkages. Regular interactions, through video conferences, have been held with the Indian missions abroad, to assess and tap export opportunities. Country-specific BSMs, through Indian missions, have also been organised.

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