New agriculture export policy to focus on setting up agro specific zones: Suresh Prabhu
NEW DELHI: The government will soon come out with a new agri export policy which would have provisions for setting up agro specific zones to boost outbound shipments, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said Thursday.
The minister said India produces nearly 600 metric tonne (MT) of agri products including horticultural produce and its strategy is to increase farmers’ income and reduce wastage of food products.
He added that India is bestowed with the potential to produce all varieties of organic commodities due to the country’s varied agro-climatic regions.
India ranks first in terms of total number of organic producers and 9th in terms of world’s organic agricultural land, it said.
In 2017-18, India produced around 1.70 MT of certified organic commodities which includes oilseeds, sugarcane, cereals and millets, cotton, pulses, medicinal plants, tea, fruits, spices, dried fruits, vegetables and coffee.
Total volume of organic exports during 2017-18 was 4.58 lakh MT.
India’s organic products are exported to the US, EU, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Vietnam, New Zealand and Japan.
Source: The New Indian Express