7 April, 2018
Commerce Ministry launched three portals to ease exports on agriculture products for Safe Food Export Traceability, Single Laboratory for Accreditation and Approvals, and the third for Monitoring Export Alerts from importing regulators.
One lab one assessment portal provides unified approach to all stakeholders like accreditation bodies, regulators and laboratories by bringing them together on a common platform to aid simplified procedures.
The Export Alert Monitoring portal monitors non compliances raised by importing countries. The portal will enable monitoring of alerts and action taken by multiple organizations involved in initial certification in the food safety & biosecurity and analysing the trend, understanding the trade barriers to reduce the alerts and enhance the export trade.
To enhance the country’s analytical capability, the council has provided accredited Proficiency Testing (PT) providers at Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai by reducing dependency on foreign PT providers and ease of access.
Food exports from India will be a part of government’s trade focus going ahead. Indian food exports have recently faced hurdles across a number of food export destinations over non-conformance with quality and phytosanitary standards.
The government has developed three online portals to make it easier to export farm products from India and reduce transaction costs.
Commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu said, “Likely for agricultural and food export will get a great boost due to these digital initiatives”.
The digital platforms, developed by the Export Inspection Council, have integrated the entire export food chain by linking primary production, chain catch, aquaculture pond, dairy farms and apiaries.
The council is the official export certification body of the government and it has developed the portals for “credible inspection and certification and to strengthen the confidence on Indian produce”, as per an official release.
We want to make India’s vast coastline a food basket for the world. To achieve this we are also seeking help from other ministries like the food processing ministry, the ministry of civil aviation to see if farmers could get air connectivity for their exports, said Prabhu.
Prabhu added, “It is very important to promote exports it will help endorse and protect Brand India”.
Processing units, testing laboratories, official controls and exports will have complete traceability.