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India: Untapped potential of fruit & vegetable growers to get export market soon

The Indian government is determined to tap unexplored areas to boost exports and ensure better returns for their farmers. This will bring quality agriculture commodities that have this far remained unnoticed by the outside world to the international markets.

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Chairman D. K. Singh: "Our plan is to tap the areas where the quality of vegetables and fruits is worth exporting but farmers do not have the required markets.” Thus, chillies from Varanasi, chinia bananas from Bihar, mandarin orange from Arunachal Pradesh, pineapple from Tripura and banana from Akola of the Vidarbha region are currently on the APEDA's list.

Singh said the successful air-transport of 1.5 tonnes of chillies from Varanasi to Dubai last December had provided farmers an assured income and better returns. "Farmers from Varanasi were happy, as they earned about ₹ 100 (€ 1.25) more per 100 kgs. describes how, once regular exports from such unexplored areas start, this will boost the local economy and create employment through allied activities such as transportation and warehousing.

In this context, Dubai should be mentioned as a major importer of fruits and vegetables from India, also stepping up its activities as a distribution hub to other Gulf countries. It accounted for 17 percent of India's exports of vegetables and 27 percent of fruits during April-December 2017.

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