Continuing with the trend from the previous year, the exports of agricultural and processed food products rose by 31 per cent in the first three months of the current Financial Year 2022-23 (April-June) as compared to the corresponding period of FY 2021-22.
According to the provisional data released by the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S), the overall export of APEDA products increased to USD 7408 million in April-June 2022 from USD 5663 million over the same period of the last fiscal. The export target for April-June 2022-23 was fixed at USD 5890 million.
The initiatives taken by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) which works under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry have helped the country in achieving 31 per cent of the total export target in the first quarter of the current fiscal. For the year 2022-23, an export target of USD 23.56 billion has been fixed by APEDA for the agricultural and processed food product basket.
As per the DGCI&S provisional data, fresh fruits and vegetables registered four per cent growth, while processed fruits and vegetables recorded a significant growth of 59.71 per cent (April-June 2022) as compared to the corresponding months of the previous year.
Also, processed food products like cereals and miscellaneous processed items reported a growth of 37.66 per cent as compared to the first quarter of the previous year.
In April-June, 2021, fresh fruits and vegetables were exported to the tune of USD 394 million that increased to USD 409 million in the corresponding months of the current fiscal. Exports of processed fruits and vegetables (F&V) jumped to USD 490 million in Q1 of the current fiscal from USD 307 million in the corresponding months of the previous year.
Basmati rice exports witnessed a growth of 25.54 per cent in the first three months of FY 2022-23 as its export increased from USD 922 million (April-June 2021) to USD 1157 million (April-June 2022), while the export of non-basmati rice registered a growth of 5 per cent in Q1 of current fiscal. Non-basmati rice export increased to USD 1566 million in the first three months of the current fiscal from USD 1491 million in the corresponding months of the previous year.
The export of meat, dairy and poultry products increased by 9.5 per cent and the export of other cereals recorded a growth of 29 per cent in Q1 of the current fiscal. The dairy products alone recorded a growth of 67.15 per cent as its export rose to USD 191 million in the first three months of the current fiscal from USD 114 million in the corresponding months of the previous year.
Other cereals’ export increased from USD 237 million in April-June 2021 to USD 306 million in April-June 2022 and the export of livestock products increased from USD 1022 million in April-June 2021 to USD 1120 million in April-June 2022.
“We continue to provide technical and financial assistance to various stakeholders in the agricultural goods value chains for boosting exports of unique products from the country,” Dr. M Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA, said.
As per the DGCI&S data, the country’s agricultural exports had grown by 19.92 per cent during 2021-22 to touch USD 50.21 billion. The growth rate is significant as it is over and above the growth of 17.66 per cent at USD 41.87 billion achieved in 2020-21 and has been achieved in spite of unprecedented logistical challenges in the form of high freight rates and container shortages.
APEDA had scripted a new history by exporting agricultural and processed food products to the tune of USD 25.6 billion in 2021-22, which was around 51 per cent of India’s total agricultural goods exports of more than USD 50 billion.
“Through creating a necessary ecosystem of exports along with collaboration with key stakeholders in the agri-exports’ value chains, we are aiming to sustain the growth in India’s agricultural and processed food exports in the current fiscal as well,” Angamuthu, said.
Source : Agriculture Post Aug 6 2022