In a major step towards harnessing exports potential of agricultural and processed food products from north-eastern region, The Agriculture Produce Export Development Authority (APEDA) on Friday announced the export of a consignment of 1.2 tonnes of fresh jackfruit from Tripura to London.
Jackfruits were sourced from the Tripura based Krishi Sanyoga Agro Producer Company Ltd. The consignment was packed at APEDA assisted pack-house facility of Salt Range Supply Chain Solution Ltd and exported by Kiega EXIM Pvt Ltd.
This was the first APEDA assisted pack house for exports to European Union, which was approved in May 2021. APEDA regularly carries out promotional activities to bring the North-Eastern states on the export map of India.
The virtual event to send the jackfruit shipment to London was attended by officials, including M Angamuthu, chairman, APEDA and CK Jamatia, secretary, agriculture, government of Tripura and other senior officials.
Recently, the first consignment of ‘red rice’ was sent to the USA from Assam. Iron rich ‘red rice’ is grown in Brahmaputra valley of Assam, without the use of any chemical fertiliser. The rice variety is referred as ‘Bao-dhaan’, which is an integral part of the Assamese food.
APEDA undertakes market promotion activities for evolving structured marketing strategies for export of food products, market intelligence for taking informed decisions, international exposure, skill development, capacity building and high-quality packaging.
Promoting products of north-eastern region is APEDA’s thrust area of work. APEDA would continue to focus on North-Eastern region both in terms of capacity building, quality up gradation, infrastructure development. Linking buyers to farmer’s and strengthening of the entire supply chain of agricultural produce from the North-Eastern region would bring in dividends.
India also shipped consignment of 2.5 tonnes of Geographical Indication (GI) certified mangoes to South Korea
In a bid to increase mangoes exports to South Korea, APEDA in collaboration with Indian embassy, Seoul and Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ICCK), organised a Virtual Buyer Seller Meet (VBSM).
Senior officials from APEDA, Embassy of India, ICCK, exporters from India and importers from South Korea participated in the VBSM organised on Monday.
Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, the export promotion programmes were not possible to be organized physically. APEDA took a lead to organize Virtual BSM to provide a platform to the exporters and importers of mangoes from India and South Korea.
Earlier this month, for the first time in this season, India shipped a consignment of 2.5 tonnes of Geographical Indication (GI) certified Banganapalli and other variety Survarnarekha mangoes sourced from farmers in Krishna and Chittor districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The mangoes exported to South Korea were treated, cleaned and shipped from the APEDA assisted and registered packhouse and vapor heat treatment facility at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh and exported by IFFCO Kisan SEZ (IKSEZ).
This was the first export consignment sent by IKSEZ, which is a subsidiary of IFFCO, a multi-state cooperative with a membership of 36,000 societies. There is possibility of more exports of mangoes to South Korea this season. IFFCO Kisan SEZ has an agreement with Meejaim, South Korea for supplying 66 tonnes of mango this season. Andhra Pradesh horticulture department also collaborated in this endeavour.
Nearly 400 tonnes of fresh fruits and vegetables were exported from the pack house. It caters to the southern states for export of horticulture produce for export to European Union and non-EU countries. In the current season, 30 tonnes of mangoes have been exported to EU, UK Ireland, Middle Eeast countries, etc.
Alphonso, Kesar, Totapuri and Banganpalli are leading export varieties from India. Mango exports primarily take place in three forms: fresh mango, mango pulp, and mango slice.
Mangoes are processed by the APEDA registered pack house facilities and then exported to various regions and countries, including countries in the Middle East, European Union, USA, Japan and South Korea.