New agri export policy to double farmer’s income

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Context:

  • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, said that the Government of India is preparing agro specific zones under the new Agriculture Export Policy which will be unveiled soon.

India and Agri Products:

  • The Commerce Minister said that India produces nearly 600 MT of agri products including horticultural produce and its strategy is to increase farmer’s income by doubling it and reducing the wastage of food products to the bare minimum. Alongside domestic strategy, the Government is also focusing on exporting agricultural products to the world. Suresh Prabhu further said that there is need to cater to the niche market of organic food.
  • India is bestowed with the potential to produce all varieties of organic produce due to the country’s varied agro climatic regions. India also has the added advantage of inheriting a tradition of organic farming.
  • It is a great advantage for organic producers to tap the market which is growingsteadily in both domestic and export markets.
  • India ranks first in terms of total number of organic producers and 9th in terms of worlds organic agricultural land.
  • The Government of India has implemented the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) which is organised by the European Commission and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Due to these certifications India’s organic products are accepted by importing countries.
  • India’s organic products are exported to USA, EU, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Vietnam, New Zealand and Japan.

Source:PIB