aPeda ex­pands In­dia’s share with new pro­duces and new mar­kets

Go­ing by ex­port data avail­able for the last three years, the ex­port of fruits and veg­etable has seen a re­spectable rise. Vinod Kaul, DGM, Agri­cul­tural and Pro­cessed Food Prod­ucts Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (APEDA), pro­vides an up­date on the re­cent de­vel

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In 2010-11, the ex­port of fruit and veg­etable was worth ` 3,946 crore, and it jumped by 21.96 per cent to ` 4,801 crore in 2011-12. The DGCSI data avail­able for 11 months of 2012-13 shows ex­port of fruits and veg­eta­bles at ` 4,774 crore. “This am­ply shows that In­dian fruits and veg­etable are in good de­mand in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket,” main­tained Kaul.

With the ob­jec­tive of boost­ing hor­ti­cul­ture ex­port of per­ish­able hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duce, APEDA has been tak­ing ini­tia­tives for set­ting up ex­port-ori­ented in­te­grated posthar­vest in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties like pack-houses, pre-cool­ing fa­cil­i­ties and Cen­tres for Per­ish­able Cargo (CPCs).

Though 2012 was the first year of 12th Plan Pe­riod, APEDA con­tin­ued its sup­port for var­i­ous State and Cen­tral Govern­ment agen­cies and pri­vate ex­porters in set­ting up such post har­vest in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties. APEDA has also been work­ing closely with Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture for open­ing up of mar­ket ac­cess for In­dian fruits and veg­eta­bles. Dur­ing the last year, New Zealand and Chile had opened up their mar­kets for In­dian man­goes, while the mar­ket ac­cess for okra, pome­gran­ate and sapota to the Chi­nese mar­ket is near­ing fi­nal stages. “APEDA con­tin­ues its sup­port to var­i­ous State/Cen­tral Govern­ment agen­cies and pri­vate ex­porters in aug­ment­ing ex­por­to­ri­ented cold-chain fa­cil­i­ties. The re­sults of such ef­forts are the pos­i­tive growth re­flected in the ex­port of per­ish­able hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duce from the coun­try,” stressed Kaul.

In his opin­ion, there has been pro­gres­sive growth in pro­duc­tion of hor­ti­cul­ture prod­ucts, spe­cially fruits and veg­eta­bles. The Govern­ment of In­dia has taken sev­eral ini­tia­tives in de­vel­op­ing the cold-chain in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try, which is a mas­sive ex­er­cise. How­ever, there is need for much larger cov­er­age and ef­forts on part of the Govern­ment of In­dia are con­tin­u­ing in this di­rec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, set­ting up of the National Cen­tre in Cold Chain De­vel­op­ment has been an ex­cel­lent ini­tia­tive and the first mile­stone has been the set­ting up of stan­dards for var­i­ous kinds of cold chain fa­cil­i­ties in con­sul­ta­tion with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers. “The re­sults of th­ese ef­forts will soon be­come widely vis­i­ble,” he be­lieves.

Pro­grammes afoot

APEDA plans to make fur­ther in­roads in the area of ac­cess in newer mar­kets for fruits and veg­eta­bles. More­over, the di­rec­tion of APEDA’s ef­forts in the cur­rent year is de­vel­op­ment of post-har­vest in­fra­struc­ture and train­ing in con­junc­tion with State Gov­ern­ments in con­trol of pes­ti­cides residues in hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duce.

“Meet­ing in­ter­na­tional trade re­quire­ments, es­pe­cially san­i­tary and photo san­i­tary (SPS) as­pects, has to be the fo­cal point if ex­port of hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duce is to fur­ther im­prove,” Kaul said. Keep­ing in view the grow­ing con­cerns of im­port­ing coun­tries to­wards fruits and veg­eta­bles, wider knowl­edge dis­sem­i­na­tion about use of reg­is­tered and per­mit­ted pes­ti­cides is the need of the hour. “This is an area where the govern­ment and pri­vate ex­porters need to con­tinue work­ing in unison to strengthen and sus­tain pos­i­tive growth in the ex­port of per­ish­ables from the coun­try. The strength­en­ing of the cold chain in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try is an­other fo­cal point and enough em­pha­sis is be­ing laid on th­ese as­pects in the 12th Plan pe­riod,” Kaul con­cluded.

Vinod Kaul

DGM, Agri­cul­tural and Pro­cessed Food Prod­ucts Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity

(APEDA)

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