APEDA launches pilot projects to stimulate the export of agricultural products under the ODOP

To boost unique agricultural products under the One District, One Product (ODOP) program, the Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) has launched pilot projects in seven districts in five states to provide the necessary infrastructure and financial support through the convergence mode.

Districts where pilot projects have been launched include Lucknow (mango) in Uttar Pradesh; Nagpur (tangerine), Nasik (onion), Sangli (grape) in Maharashtra, Krishna (mango) in Andhra Pradesh, Kumuram Bheem (millet) in Telangana and Dharamapuri (millet) in Tamil Nadu.

In the identified clusters, APEDA in collaboration with the Ministry of Agrifood organizes awareness-raising workshops for agricultural producer organizations (OPF), agricultural producer societies (FPC) and self-help groups (SHG) to stimulate exports of unique agricultural products from these districts.

The objective of the ODOP initiative was to converge various programs implemented by agriculture, food processing, animal husbandry with the Ministry of Commerce to create the necessary infrastructure for increased exports.

“Providing market access for the chosen products, the hands of farmers or OPAs to exploit the export potential is part of the initiative to ensure that every district in the country becomes a major export hub for agricultural products. chosen,” an official said.

Through a preliminary survey, the identified districts are assessed to identify the main challenges in terms of available infrastructure and the current challenges in the exports of agricultural products from the particular district.

“By helping buyers and sellers meet with FPOs, FPCs and cooperatives, we have facilitated exports of more than 50 products under the ODOP,” APEDA President Mr Angamuthu told FE.

Angamuthu said the convergence of the program would allow farmers and exporters to access common facilities such as the cooling room and packing houses and other infrastructure, as well as capacity building for key stakeholders. of the export value chain.

Under the ODOP, the government aims to converge resources from various centrally sponsored programs – Mission for Integrated Horticulture Development, National Food Security Mission, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana and various initiatives of the Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy. .

APEDA has also formed export promotion forums to boost exports of grapes, onions, mangoes, bananas, pomegranates, floriculture, rice, dairy products and nutri-cereals.

Towards integration with the ODOP initiative, APEDA in association with Invest India and Indian missions abroad have organized various events such as mango festivals to promote agricultural exports from India.

In the first quarter of FY 2022-23, exports of APEDA basket products such as rice, fruits, vegetables, processed foods and dairy products increased by 31% or $7.4 billion, compared to $5.6 billion reported in the same period last year.

For the current fiscal year, an export target of $23.56 billion has been set by APEDA for the basket of agricultural and processed food products.

Amalia H. Mercado