Select states have formulated action plans to boost Agri Exports
A number of
States have finalized their respective Action Plans identifying various
infrastructure gaps affecting Agricultural Exports as part of implementation of
agriculture export policy, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal informed the Rajya
Sabha in a written answer. He however
did not give out the identity of the states, as is the case with many of the
development projects of the government.
these gaps, The States can avail assistance under the Trade Infrastructure for
Export Scheme (TIES) under various existing Schemes of Ministries of Commercef
Agriculture & Farmers Welfare; Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry
& Dairying; Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
Government has introduced a comprehensive
Agriculture Export Policy (AEP)
Government has introduced a comprehensive Agriculture Export Policy (AEP) to
harness export potential of Indian agriculture and raise farmers’ income.
Department of Commerce has taken several steps to implement AEP at State/
Initiatives to boost agri sector
specific Action Plans, State Level Monitoring Committees (SLMCs), Nodal
agencies for agricultural exports and Cluster Level Committees have been formed
in a number of States. Country and product-specific action plans also have been
formulated to promote exports. A Farmer
Connect Portal has been set up by APEDA for providing a platform for farmers,
Farmer-Producer Organizations (FPOs) and cooperatives to interact with
exporters. Buyer-seller Meets(BSMs) have been organized in the clusters to
provide export-market linkages.
Three Ordinances to implement reforms in
of India has promulgated the following three Ordinances to implement reforms in
Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance,
2020 provides for the creation of an ecosystem, where the farmers and traders
enjoy the freedom of choice relating to sale and purchase of farmers’ produce,
which facilitates remunerative prices through competitive alternative trading
channels; to promote efficient, transparent and barrier-free inter-state and
intra-state trade and commerce of farmers’ produce outside the physical
premises of markets or deemed markets notified under various State Agricultural
Produce market legislations; to provide a facilitative framework for electronic
trading and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
(Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services
Ordinance, 2020, provides for a national framework on farming agreements that
protects and empowers farmers to engage with agri business firms, processers,
wholesalers, exporters or large retailers for farm services and sale of future
farming produce at a mutually agreed remunerative price framework in a fair and
transparent manner and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 aims at increasing the
competitiveness in the agriculture sector and enhancing the income of the
farmer by liberalizing the regulatory system while protecting the interests of
consumers. The Ordinance allows the Central Government to regulate the supply
of certain food stuffs only under extraordinary circumstances (such as war,
famine, extraordinary price rise and natural calamity of grave nature).