As many Indian vegetable growers were facing losses due to dip in prices of their produce in local markets during the pandemic, some of them made inroads into foreign markets and shipped consignments to UK, Australia and the Gulf countries.
This turnaround was enabled through the combined efforts of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and state government officials, who ensured formation of farm produce organisations (FPOs) for the export of green chilli, bottle gourd, cucumber and mango to Dubai and UK and varieties of rice from Chandauli to Australia and Qatar.
APEDA is a body under the Union ministry of commerce and industry which is responsible for export promotion of agricultural products. The Authority has now opened its regional office in Varanasi.
Ramkumar Rai, an academician-turned-agriculturist created history in the agriculture sector by forming an FPO at Joga Musahir village in Bhanvarkole area which exported green vegetables to UK and Dubai.
Apart from green vegetables and mangoes, black rice and Samba variety of rice from Chandauli were also purchased in bulk by a firm in Ghazipur for export to Australia and Qatar.