The Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) has taken several key initiatives to sensitize producers, exporters, state government officials and other stakeholders to harness the export potential of the products. organic products and the requirements of the National Organic Production Program (NPOP).
This is part of APEDA’s efforts to boost the export of organic and domestic products.
Organic farming in the country has developed at a steady pace after the launch of NPOP since 2001 and with the impetus given by APEDA, a statutory body under the Ministry of Commerce, exports of organic products have increased.
An official statement said this was mainly due to the country’s organic produce making its mark on the global market. They are now ready to reach new heights.
In the last fiscal year, organic exports amounted to a total value of $ 1.04 billion, the volume being 8.9 tons lakh (lt).
APEDA, the nodal agency, has organized several webinars, roundtables and buyer-seller meetings in Canada, the United States and the European Union (EU) to promote Indian organic products.
In Canada, APEDA, in association with the Consulate General of India in Toronto, organized a webinar-buyer-seller meeting on “Opportunities for Exporting Organic Products to Canada” with 84 representatives from the Canadian Association of organic trade, certification bodies, exporters and importers involved.
The authority also organized a roundtable with Walmart officials and stakeholders in the EU.
As part of the capacity building program for state government officials, the organic certification program under the NPOP was organized by APEDA on August 13 of this year. Similar programs were held in Karnataka, Mumbai with organic exporters and other stakeholders to discuss various exporters’ issues and to improve India’s exports later in the month.
In addition, APEDA has organized awareness programs for farmers in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, UP and Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Assam Meghalaya and Sikkim. As part of the capacity building program for agricultural universities, APEDA organized various webinars across the country.
All of this has helped APEDA to export new organic products to countries like Germany.