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Apeda seeks 10-20% of agri output for export

Proposed export promotion strategy urges Centre to adopt stable policy in this regard

Dilip Kumar Jha  |  Mumbai 

Apeda seeks 10-20% of agri output for export

The (Apeda) has urged the central to allow 10-20 per cent of annual agricultural produce to be exported.

Apeda-registered products have seen a sharp decline in export and a major reason given is frequent change in policy, resulting in switching to alternative sources, for long-term supply assurance. The country’s agricultural and processed food export was $33.4 billion in 2016-17, from a record $42.9 bn in 2013-14. Rice, pulses, wheat and sugar have all seen frequent change in policies; sometimes, export has been banned and at other times, duties have been raised or lowered. Depending on climatic conditions and output, the keeps changing the agri export policy, to suit domestic need. These changes have made an irregular supplier of produce to global “These frequent changes in and imposition of might have made considered as not a reliable supplier. There is a need to have a stable export policy, in such a way that at least there is no impact on export of 10-20 per cent of production of an item in a season. The balance quantity would be available for the domestic market,” said D K Singh, chairman of Apeda, while issuing the draft of an ‘Export Promotion Strategy’, inviting public comment and suggestions. apeda Experts say keeping this much for export would suffice, as shipments have never exceeded such a proportion. At 2.2 per cent, is at ninth position in global agri trade.

America has 10.4 per cent, the European Union 10 per cent and has 5.1 per cent. Yet, is considered to have a huge potential for export, the quality of its agri products matching with global standards. Export of agri items contributes 13.1 per cent of agricultural gross domestic product. Therefore, it has a large impact on the economy. While has transformed from a deficit to surplus country in a number of agri commodities, challenges for their transportation, marketing and efficient market access continue to hinder growth. “A sustained export market requires a reliable supplier. If we have an accurate forecasting technique and better estimate of a buffer stock, we can definitely make a medium-term policy for agri exports. Thus, we require a reliable policy, based on scientific estimate of crop production, buffer stock, future projection and domestic demand. If the future projection goes wrong, an option for import should be kept open,” says Ajay Sahai, director-general, Federation of “There is a need for concerted and well-conceived promotional strategy for the next five years,” said Singh.

First Published: Sat, October 28 2017. 22:58 IST