Efforts to Increase the Export of Agricultural Product & Foods

To consolidate the efforts for export of agricultural products the Government has formulated a comprehensive Agriculture Export Policy. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore aims is to bring awareness about current affairs for the Civil Services Exam like IAS exam, KAS exam, banking exam.

The objectives of the Agriculture Export policy are:

  • To diversify the export destinations, boost high value and value added agricultural exports and basket including focus on perishables.
  • To promote organic, ethnic, traditional, non-traditional Agri, novel, indigenous, products exports effort increases.
  • To provide an institutional mechanism for tackling barriers, deal with sanitary, pursuing market access and phytosanitary issues.
  • At the earliest to strive to double India’s share in world agriculture exports by integrating with global value chain.
  • Farmers are enable to get benefit of export opportunities in overseas market.

The Department of Commerce also has several schemes to promote exports, including exports of agricultural products: Market Access Initiatives (MAI) Scheme, Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) and Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES).

  • Assistance to the exporters of agricultural products is also available under the Export Promotion Schemes of Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Tobacco Board, Tea Board, Rubber Board, Spices Board, Coffee Board and Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
  • These organizations taking initiatives to gain market access for different products in different markets, dissemination of market intelligence and taking steps to ensure quality of exported products also seek to promote exports through participation in international fairs & exhibitions.
  • The exports of agricultural products policy depend on several factors such as international and domestic demand and supply situation, diplomatic and humanitarian considerations, international and domestic prices, concerns of food security. As per the prevailing situation agriculture imports are constantly monitored and appropriate decisions are taken.
  • Government of India announces for 22 mandated crops and Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for sugarcane to ensure that the farmers get remunerative price for their produce.

The year-wise details of export of agricultural products during the last three years are:

Year 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Agricultural Exports (USD Billion) 38.71 32.43 33.28 38.43
Increase in Agricultural Exports (%) -16.22 2.64 15.45

R. Chaudhary the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry gives this information in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.