The Union Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia today informed that the government would be coming out with an export policy for agro and other such products and asked all the state governments to send their inputs to the Centre as the draft export policy has been put in public domain already.
Addressing the 2nd Reverse Buyers Sellers Meet (RBSM) for Export of Mangoes and other Tropical Fruits under joint aegis of Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mumbai today, the Commerce Secretary also asked APEDA to explore the higher possibilities as to how the exports of agricultural products could be multiplied with sea route. This channel would be cheaper and reduce the exporting cost for the exporters, she said.
The Commerce Secretary elaborated that despite India growing multiple varieties of mangoes yet 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.
Teaotia said that India is the fruit basket of the world and provides a large number of varieties of quality and tasty tropical fruits of large range.
She informed that India is the largest producer of the Mangoes in the world which is treated as king of fruits which has made a place of pride in the fruit basket of the country with a production of around 41 percent of total world production. India grows nearly 1000 varieties of Mangoes across the country and out of these 11 commercial varieties are grown in more than 10 States. With this strength, India exports Mangoes to more than 50 countries and has reached to an export of 52,761 MT in 2016-17.
She highlighted that export of agriculture products has been the priority of the government. APEDA through Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been instrumental in promoting quality agri-products.
Considering the requirement of Food Safety and Traceability by importing countries, India has taken number of measures by strengthening the backward linkage in the production supply chain, setting up of required infrastructure in terms of packhouses and Post-Harvest Treatment Facilities which has enabled to get market access for fruits in various countries in the past, she added.
Chairman, APEDA, DK Singh in his address shared the initiatives taken by APEDA for boosting exports and further assessment of exports scenario. While welcoming the delegates of the 2-Day Reverse Buyers Sellers Meet held on May 15, 2018, Singh informed that on the success of first Reverse Buyers Sellers Meet organised in 2017 in Mumbai, APEDA decided to continue the same efforts and organised the 2nd Reverse Buyers Sellers Meet in the series for Mangoes.
According to him, the possibilities are rising for larger acceptability of Indian mangoes and other tropical fruits in large number of countries such as Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Iran, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Israel, Thailand, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt and United Arab Emirates.
For giving a confidence to the buyers who came from various countries, a visit has been organised on May 16, to the post harvest infrastructure set up in the supply chain of export of fresh fruits and vegetables from India. Three Post-Harvest Treatment Facilities of Irradiation, Vapour Heat Treatment and Hot Water Treatment Facilities would be shown to the buyers which are set up by state government of Maharashtra with the funding support of APEDA.