Owing to the potential of Assam as well as the Northeastern region to surface as export hub for both agricultural and allied products, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has shown interest in taking on a number of market development initiatives in the region. The initiatives will stress on infrastructure development, capacity building, strengthening supply chain as well as improving quality.
APEDA Chairman dr. M.Angamuthu expressed in a report that the Northeastern region is advantageous in many ways as it shares boundaries with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and China. Apart from this advantage, the Northeastern region is also the gateway to ASEAN countries. Dr. Angamuthu further added that the practice of organic farming which comes as a tradition is an added benefit. As the demand for organic products is rapidly increasing in the international market, Northeastern region can definitely be considered as an organic hub for exports.