Telangana among 26 states and 3 Union Territories in the country has finalised the State-specific Action Plan for the implementation of Agriculture Export Policy (AEP) mooted by the Government of India. They include Maharashtra, UP, Kerala, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Sikkim.
It is learnt that they have also nominated the Nodal Agencies for the implementation of AEPs in their respective states. State-level Monitoring Committees under the Chairmanship of State Chief Secretary has been formed in 21 States. The action plan for the same by other states is yet to finalise.
Twenty Cluster level committees have been formed in the cluster district(s) of Potato in Punjab, U.P. (two separate districts), Isabgol in Rajasthan, Orange, Pomegranate, Grapes, Banana (3 districts) in Maharashtra, Banana in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Mango in U.P., Dairy products in Gujarat, U.P., Rose onion in Karnataka, Fresh vegetables in UP, Orange in MP and Potato in Gujarat (2districts). Two round of meetings has been conducted in the clusters for sensitization of the stakeholders and discussion on the interventions required.
In this backdrop, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has signed MoUs with AFC India Limited, and National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), Delhi on Monday to utilise their expertise to synergize the activities in the interest of agriculture and allied sectors for bringing better value to the stakeholders.
Chairman APEDA Diwakar Nath Misra and Managing Director, AFC India Ltd. (formerly Agricultural Finance Corporation Ltd.) B.Ganeshan signed the MoU. AFC India Ltd is a deemed to be Govt organization, wholly owned by Commercial Banks, NABARD and EXIM Bank, established in 1968. It is a multi-disciplinary cross-functional development organization providing consulting, policy advisory and implementation support for agriculture, rural development and other strategic socio-economic sectors in India.
The Agriculture Export Policy was framed by the Government of India with a focus on agriculture export-oriented production, export promotion, better price realization to farmer and synchronization within policies and programmes of Government of India. It focuses on “Farmers’ Centric Approach” for improved income through value addition at the source itself to help minimize losses across the value chain. The policy, therefore, suggests adopting the approach of developing product-specific clusters in different agro-climatic zones of the country to help in dealing with various supply-side issues viz., soil nutrients management, higher productivity, adoption of a market-oriented variety of crop, use of Good Agriculture Practices etc.