Focus on agri-exports

The pandemic-driven bonanza will not last

Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai

Even after a 23 per cent rise in shares of the company over the past month, analysts maintain their positive stance and see further upside.

The government’s reported plan to reintroduce transport and marketing support for agricultural exports is a timely move. It will help hard-pressed exporters to cope with high freight costs and other logistical constraints. But this step alone may not suffice to lift farm exports to the desired extent. Other measures, aimed specifically at upgrading the quality and enhancing cost competitiveness of farm products, are equally vital. Though India has traditionally enjoyed a positive trade balance in agriculture — agri-exports being invariably higher than agri-imports — the present level of agri-exports is just around half the achievable mark.
Farm exports in 2020 were around $42 billion whereas the current potential, as assessed by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, is around $80 billion. The country’s first dedicated Agricultural Exports Policy, announced in 2018, had set an even more ambitious export

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First Published: Sep 21 2021 | 11:59 PM IST

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