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India's fruits, vegetables exports to Qatar rise by 15% in two weeks

Many cargo airlines have delivered goods in large quantities to Qatar in the last two weeks

Dilip Kumar Jha & Aneesh Phadnis  |  Mumbai 

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India’s of fresh fruit and to have jumped by 15 per cent in the past two weeks because of an increase in demand, owing to disruptions in supply to the country from and other neighbouring nations.
The supply to has received a boost since early this month after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, and Yemen severed diplomatic ties with and blocked access to Doha, Qatar’s capital, by land, sea, and air.
Maldives and Libya later joined the countries that have isolated Consequently, importers in have been buying more from India.
To meet their immediate needs, importers in Doha have started transporting by air. Many cargo airlines have delivered goods in large quantities to in the past two weeks.
Confirming the development, a senior official of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) said: “India’s fruit and to have increased in the last two weeks probably due to halt in their from Doha’s neighbouring countries.”
India’s of fresh and are rising for the past three years owing to local producers turning quality-conscious.
Also, Indian exporters have stepped up marketing, which has helped in price competitiveness in overseas
The data compiled by show India’s of fresh fruit and at Rs 10,369.93 crore in the financial year 2016-17 compared to Rs 8,391.36 crore for the corresponding period last year. In terms of volumes, however, jumped to 4.1 million tonnes in FY17 versus 2.4 million tonnes in the previous fiscal year. West Asia contributes a major portion of India’s fruit and A large quantity exported to West Asia goes to via other countries. But Doha has started importing from India directly.
The data show India’s direct to to be Rs 220 crore for FY17, an increase of 14 per cent from the previous year’s level of Rs 193 crore. “While fruit and to have increased in the past two weeks, the demand has not reached its limit due to Ramadan. Once this festival is over next week, new orders would start pouring in from Qatar,” said Anil Patil, proprietor, Incoexcofarms, a Pune-based fruit exporter.

First Published: Wed, June 21 2017. 02:14 IST