Cab­i­net ap­proves Agri­cul­ture Ex­port Pol­icy 2018

The Northlines - - FRONT PAGE - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT NEW DELHI, DEC 06

The Cab­i­net on Thurs­day ap­proved Min­istry of Com­merce & In­dus­try's pro­posal for ap­proval of Agri­cul­ture Ex­port Pol­icy. The Cab­i­net, chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, also ap­proved the pro­posal for es­tab­lish­ment of Mon­i­tor­ing Frame­work at Cen­tre with Com­merce as the nodal De­part­ment with rep­re­sen­ta­tion from var­i­ous line Min­istries/ De­part­ments and Agen­cies and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of con­cerned State Gov­ern­ments, to over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Agri­cul­ture Ex­port Pol­icy. 'Ob­jec­tives of the Agri­cul­ture Ex­port Pol­icy will be to dou­ble agri­cul­tural ex­ports from present around 30 bil­lion dol­lar to 60 bil­lion dol­lar by 2022 and reach 100 Bil­lion dol­lars in the next few years there­after, with a sta­ble trade pol­icy regime,' said Com­merce and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu brief­ing re­porters af­ter the meet­ing.

The Gov­ern­ment has come out with a pol­icy to dou­ble farm­ers' in­come by 2022. Ex­ports of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts would play a piv­otal role in achiev­ing this goal.

In or­der to pro­vide an im­pe­tus to agri­cul­tural ex­ports, the Gov­ern­ment has come out with a com­pre­hen­sive "Agri­cul­ture Ex­port Pol­icy" aimed at dou­bling the agri­cul­tural ex­ports and in­te­grat­ing In­dian farm­ers and agri­cul­tural prod­ucts with the global value chains. The Agri­cul­ture Ex­port Pol­icy has the vi­sion to "Har­ness ex­port po­ten­tial of In­dian agri­cul­ture, through suit­able pol­icy in­stru­ments, to make In­dia global power in agri­cul­ture and raise farm­ers' in­come."

The ob­jec­tive is to diver­sify our ex­port bas­ket, des­ti­na­tions and boost high value and value added

agri­cul­tural ex­ports in­clud­ing fo­cus on per­ish­ables, to pro­mote novel, in­dige­nous, or­ganic, eth­nic, tra­di­tional and non-tra­di­tional Agri prod­ucts ex­ports, to pro­vide an in­sti­tu­tional mech­a­nism for pur­su­ing mar­ket ac­cess and tack­ling bar­ri­ers and deal with san­i­tary and phy­tosan­i­tary is­sues.

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