On Sunday, Union Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, Anupriya Patel said, that the country has set a $400 billion target for merchandise exports for 2021-22, of which $262 billion has already been achieved in the April-November 2021-22 period.
Patel said while addressing the Agri-Export Conference cum Buyer-Seller Meet’ at Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur on Saturday, “A record export target of $43 billion has been set for agricultural products in 2021-22 and because of efforts by APEDA and farmers, this target would be achieved in the current fiscal.”
The increase in agricultural and processed food products exports from Purvanchal (eastern UP) will boost India’s foreign exchange earnings, it will also help in doubling farmers’ income as well as boost employment opportunities in the region, the Minister said at the event organized by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the government release said.
More than 700 farmers and exporters attended the conference, where APEDA Chairman, Dr. M Angamuthu spoke about the initiatives taken for boosting exports from the Purvanchal region. The event was organized to commemorate the 75th year of Independence is celebrated with the theme ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
During the conference, an MoU was signed between leading exporters-Association and Farmer Producers’ Organization (FPOs) of the Purvanchal region for increasing agricultural products exports.
Patel and Angamuthu flagged off export consignments of non-basmati rice to China and green chilies to the United Arab Emirates, the release added.
Source: Business Standard, Business Journal