Oct 26, 2018
Indian govt is going to set up specific agriculture export zones, which are well-connected to ports and airports, to boost exports of farm products. Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said the government had drafted a new national agriculture export policy to support the export of organic products.
The policy has been jointly prepared by the Ministries of Commerce, Agriculture, and Food Processing. The commerce ministry will also set up a series of centres in states to help organic farmers to brand and sell products to international market, where demand for such products is high.
India produces about 600 million tonnes of agriculture and horticulture products annually. And this policy will be doubling farmers’ income and increase the share of agricultural exports from present about $30 billion to over $60 billion by 2022. It will also help in checking food and vegetable wastage which is about 30 per cent at present by increasing exports and increasing food processing.
The agriculture export policy has pitched for greater involvement of states, improvement in infrastructure and logistics, and promotion of R&D activities for new product development for the upcoming markets.