In a major boost to harness the export potential of agricultural and processed food products from north-eastern states, a shipment of fresh Burmese grapes referred as ‘Leteku’ in Assamese language has been exported to Dubai from Guwahati by air route, Ministry of Commerce & Industry has informed in a press note.
A consignment of Leteku, which contains vitamin C and Iron, was sourced and packed at a collection centre in Darang district of Assam. Consignment was exported by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) registered Kiega EXIM from Guwahati airport to Dubai via Delhi.
APEDA has been carrying out promotional activities to bring the north-eastern states on the agricultural and processed food products export map of India.
Recently, APEDA facilitated exports of the first consignment of ‘red rice’ to the USA from Assam. Iron rich ‘red rice’ is grown in Brahmaputra valley of Assam, without the use of any chemical fertiliser. The rice variety is referred to as ‘Bao-dhaan’, which is an integral part of Assamese food.
APEDA assisted in exports of Geographical Indications (GI) certified KajiNemu (Assam lemon) to London. So far around 40 metric tonnes of Assam lemon has been exported.
Jackfruits sourced from the Tripura based Krishi Sanyoga Agro Producer Company was exported to London. The consignment was packed at APEDA assisted pack-house facility of Salt Range Supply Chain Solutions and exported by Kiega EXIM.
APEDA has provided financial assistance to the private sector to set up a pack house at Guwahati which has fulfilled the mandatory requirement or infrastructure for export of fresh fruits and vegetables to Europe.
APEDA undertakes market promotion activities for evolving structured marketing strategies for export of food products, market intelligence for taking informed decisions, international exposure, skill development, capacity building and high-quality packaging.
APEDA would continue to focus on the north eastern region both in terms of capacity building, quality upgradation, and infrastructure development. Linking buyers to farmers, strengthening the entire supply chain of agricultural produce from the north-eastern region would bring in dividends.
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