Giving a push to the Indian agricultural exports, the first consignment of vegetables sourced from farmers of Haridwar, Uttarakhand, was exported to Dubai, UAE on Monday.
The consignment exported to the UAE included curry leaf, okra, pear, and bitter gourd. This export comes after a consignment of millets was exported to Denmark in May, 2021 from Uttarakhand. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), in collaboration with Uttarakhand Agriculture Produce Marketing Board (UKAPMB) & Just Organik, an exporter, sourced and processed ragi (finger millet), and jhingora (barnyard millet) from farmers in Uttarakhand.
The Uttarakhand government has been giving a major push to organic farming in the state and the UKAPMB, through a unique initiative, has been supporting thousands of farmers for organic certification. The main produce of these farmers are millets such as ragi, barnyard millet, amaranthus etc.
APEDA has been working towards bringing Uttarakhand on the Agri and processed export map of India by carrying out promotional activities. It is planning to provide financial assistance for setting up a packhouse in Uttarakhand which would fulfil the mandatory requirement or infrastructure for export of fresh fruits and vegetables to the international market.
“APEDA would continue to focus on the Uttarakhand region both in terms of capacity building, quality upgradation, and infrastructure development by linking buyers to farmers through strengthening the entire supply chain of agricultural produce,” a commerce ministry statement said.
The Indian agricultural export in 2020-21 has seen an increase of 9% as compared to 2019-20. The exported fruits and vegetables in the year valued at ₹11,019 crore compared to ₹10,114 crore worth of exports in the previous year.
In a recent development, India has also entered into the top 10 list of agricultural produce exporters in 2019 with a sizeable share in the export of rice, cotton, soya beans and meat, according to a World Trade Organization (WTO) report on the trends in world agricultural trade in the past 25 years.
India replaced New Zealand as the 9th largest exporter of agri-produce with a 3.1% share in global agri-exports.