Speaking to ANI, the Commerce Ministry officers mentioned that the earlier highest mark was in 2013-14 at USD 43 billion after which the exports noticed a free fall of kinds and suffered a USD 10 billion lower in the determine by 2016-17 after which Department of Commerce recognized 4 foremost causes for the lower in Agri-exports.
“First, there was a disconnect between manufacturing and export of agricultural produce. Second, the State Government and farmers weren’t effectively acquainted with the idea of export-oriented manufacturing,” the officers mentioned.
The Piyush Goyal-led Ministry additionally came upon that the States have been taking exports because the area of the central authorities solely and in addition the dearth of agriculture export infrastructure and experience with the state governments.
The Department of Commerce charted out a plan to handle these points and “for the primary time reached out to not simply the States but additionally on the district and village stage farmers.
“Our officers unfold consciousness and knowledgeable farmers that if there can be a surplus agriculture produce, Government of India will export it as the federal government wished to assist agriculture and its allied sectors as they supply the biggest supply of livelihoods in India,” the officers mentioned.
Officials mentioned the exports in the Agri sector have gone up regardless of the COVID-19 international pandemic the place the demand for meals had gone up globally however the problems with lockdowns closed workplaces and roads have been creating enormous points.
“But Department of Commerce via Indian Missions overseas and interacted via Virtual Buyer-Seller meets, eliminated many bottlenecks, coordinated with port or customs or State or district authorities, and so on., to satisfy the elevated international demand,” the officers mentioned.
The officers mentioned the Department of Commerce additionally supported States in figuring out respective infrastructure bottlenecks, logistics constraints, necessities of post-harvest infrastructure and so on. to handle the identical.
Further, steps have been taken to determine new markets, enhance footprint in present markets, analyze necessities and tariff construction of the brand new markets, and so on. They mentioned that despite the fact that the nation has reached USD 50 billion mark in Agri exports, the nation has not but reached its full potential in the export of agriculture merchandise.
Due to the efforts of the federal government, in 2021-22, India exported round USD 10 billion in rice, with a 50 per cent share in the world’s rice exports; the best ever export of marine merchandise (USD 8 billion), sugar (USD 4.5 billion), wheat (USD 2 billion) and occasional (USD 1 billion); USD 4 billion meat, dairy and poultry merchandise exports, USD 4 billion spices exports and USD 3 billion cotton exports.