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APEDA promotes NER as an agri export hub

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APEDA promotes NER as an agri export hub

Recently ‘APEDA’ (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority-APEDA) has prepared a strategy to promote the North East Region (NER) as an agricultural export hub.

The Northeast region comprises eight states: Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.

  • The soil of this region is fertile,
  • The climatic conditions here are favorable,
  • The region is rich in forest wealth and biodiversity.
  • The sector has an educated workforce and the value of exports of agricultural products reached US$17.2
  • Much of this region is exported to Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and Europe. However, only 1% of the region’s total agricultural production is exported.

There are following reasons for this:

  • Lack of necessary infrastructure for long-term storage of agricultural products,
  • processing industries are not available,
  • Issues related to production and its aggregation etc.

Initiatives of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)

  • Facility to visit the fields is being given to the importers. With this initiative the importers can get direct information about the quality farming practices being adopted by the farmers.
  • Capacity building programs are being conducted to increase awareness for exports in different parts of the North Eastern Region.
  • Conferences are being organized on the export potential of agricultural products having Natural, Biological and Geographical Indication (GI).
  • Assistance is being given for branding and promotion of products of North Eastern Region. Kiwi wine etc are similar products.
  • APEDA is a statutory body. It is located in New Delhi. It has been established under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act,

Source – The Hindu

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