Cabinet clears policy to double agri exports

Cabinet clears policy to double agri exports

News:

The Union Cabinet has cleared Agriculture Export Policy, 2018 which is in line with Prime Minister’s commitment to double farmers’ income by 2022.

Important Facts:

  1. Aim of the policy: The policy seeks to harness the export potential of Indian agriculture, through suitable policy instruments, to make India global power in agriculture and raise farmers’ income
  2. Objectives:
  • To increase India’s agricultural exports to $60 billion by 2022 from the current $37 billion and reach $100 billion after few years, with a stable trade policy regime
  • To diversify the export basket, destinations and boost high value and value added agricultural exports including focus on perishables.
  • To promote novel, indigenous, organic, ethnic, traditional and non-traditional Agri products exports.
  • Focus on export centric clusters for integrated Commodity Focus Value Chain and Infrastructure Development.
  • To provide an institutional mechanism for pursuing market access, tackling barriers and deal with sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues.
  • To strive to double India’s share in world agri exports by integrating with global value chain at the earliest.
  • Enable farmers to get benefit of export opportunities in overseas market.
  1. Elements of Agriculture Export Policy: The recommendations in the Agriculture Export Policy have been organised in two categories – Strategic and Operational
Component  Major Recommendations
StrategicPolicy Measuresa) Stable Trade Policy Regime
b) Reforms in APMC Act and streamlining of Mandi fee
c) Liberalising Land Leasing norms
Infrastructure and Logistics Boost● Involves pre-harvest and post-harvest handling facilities, storage & distribution, processing facilities, roads and world class exit point infrastructure at ports facilitating swift trade.
Holistic approach to boost Exports● Coordinated approach by all Ministries
Greater involvement of State Governments in Agri Exportsa) Identification of a nodal State Department / Agency for promotion of agriculture export
b) Inclusion on agricultural exports in the State Export Policy
c) Infrastructure and Logistics to facilitate agricultural exports
d) Institutional Mechanism at State level and cluster level to support exports
OperationalFocus on Clustersa) Identify suitable production clusters
b) Conduct farmer registrations
c) Digitization of land records
d) Promote Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO)
e) Should be implemented in partnership with private exporters
f) Creation of a corpus for export oriented horticultural production through development of clusters.
Promoting Value added exportsa) Product development for indigenous commodities and value addition
b) Promote Value added Organic exports
c) Promotion of R&D activities for new product Development for the upcoming markets
Marketing and promotion of “Brand India”● constituting separate funds dedicated to organic, value added, ethnic, GI and branded products.
Attract private investments into production and processing
Establishment of strong quality regimena) strong R&D, new varieties, state of the art lab and a lab networking process for effective accreditation and monitoring.
b) Establish and maintain single supply chain and standards for domestic and export market
Self-sufficiency and export centric production● export oriented production aimed at self-sufficiency and exports.
Research & Developmenta) Public-private partnership in agriculture R&D
b) innovations in packaging, improving shelf life of products and greater R & D in developing products to suit the demand of importing countries
Miscellaneous● Creation of Agri-start-up fund
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