Ranchi, Oct 7
In eastern India, Jharkhand has the best export potential of farm produce, especially vegetables, fruits, flowers and medicinal herbs, said Onkar Nath Singh, Vice Chancellor, Birsa Agricultural University (BAU). Farmers scientists, concerned government departments, farmers producers organisations and APEDA should join hands in collective and complementary mode to tap this potential.
Singh was addressing ‘Eastern region sensitization workshop on agricultural export’ at BAU on Wednesday. He stressed on identifying separate districts of the state having export potential of different quality horticultural produce because export will ensure better prices to the growers. The event was organised by National Service Scheme and National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) of BAU in collaboration with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
Sandeep Saha, Regional Incharge of APEDA, Kolkata said that due to increasing demand of basmati and non basmati rice, groundnut, fruits and vegetables, the total value of Agricultural produce exported from the country during 2020-21 went up to 1.53 lakh crore, registering and increase of about 25% over the figures of 2019-20. Fifteen varieties of mango where exported to different countries last year. APEDA has been providing affordable insurance, debt, financial subsidy, infrastructure, quality monitoring and marketing support to interested groups.
MS Yadav, Dean Agriculture stressed on promoting organic farming because organic farm produce are much in demand and also fetch higher prices. On the line of IIMs and IITs, Indian Institute of Packaging is also working for designing attractive, durable and cost-effective packaging for enhancing the shelf life of farm produce, he added.
Dean Forestry and PI of NAHEP, MS Malik said that centre for excellence on integrated farming system (IFS) has been established under the project for validation and improvement of different IFS models. Crop, animal and vegetable based several IFS models suiting to the requirement of different regions of the state have been developed.
BK Jha, organizing secretary of the seminar outlined the objective of the event.
In the technical session for stakeholder organisations, Vinita Sudhanshu, DGM, APEDA, Amit Sharma, Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade, LM Sahu, AGM of Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India, NABARD DGM Gautam Singh and Medha Dairy GM Pawan Marwah dwelt on the government schemes for promoting agri export. The session was chaired by RP Singh Ratan, Retd DEE, BAU.
In the session for agricultural scientists, Shivendra Kumar, SB Choudhary, PK Jha and Pramod Rai made presentations on good agricultural practices for export, importance of GI for agricultural export, export potential of cashew from Jharkhand and post harvest management for agricultural export respectively.